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Two needed for water-quality/flood mitigation board

Two original members of the Cedar River Watershed District’s Board will not seek appointment to another term, resulting in two open seats.

Al Layman, CRWD board president, and manager Harlen Peck, a former CRWD board president, have each decided against another three-year term.

They've served on the CRWD board since its inception in April 2007 as two of Mower County’s four district managers. The pair helped the watershed through a lenghty formation processes, including creating rules to govern certain activities in the watershed and a 10-year water management plan.

"We greatly appreciate the hard work and service that Al and Harlen have provided to the CRWD, as well as everyone who lives in the watershed district," said Bev Nordby, CRWD administrator. "We wish them both the very best."

Completed applications for CRWD district manager are due by April 16 and must be submitted to Craig Oscarson, Mower County coordinator. For an application, contact Oscarson at 437-9549.


Interested applicants must reside in Mower County and within the Cedar River Watershed District and must be able to attend meetings or special meetings as necessary.

The Mower County Board will review applications and decide whom to appoint to the CRWD board.

County boards from each of the CRWD’s four counties — Mower, Dodge, Freeborn and Steele — appoint district managers from their own county to serve on the watershed board.

Mower County has four seats on the seven-member CRWD board because it has a large majority of the land in the 278,540-acre watershed district.

Nearly a year ago, the Mower County Board considered applicants for a seat on the CRWD board vacated by original district manager Dan Regner. The board appointed Mike Merten for that spot.

State and local officials formed the CRWD in response to the Cedar River Watershed’s top, worst-known floods occurring in 2000 and 2004. The CRWD’s top priorities are aimed at reducing flooding and improving water quality within the Cedar River Watershed.

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