Vermillion River Watershed Planning Commission


The Vermillion River Watershed manages water resources in a 335-square-mile area that includes all or part of 20 cities and townships, including Elko New Market and New Market Township in Scott County. It is governed by a Joint Powers Board that consists of two Dakota County Commissioners and one Scott County Commissioner. The Watershed Planning Commission is a formal citizen advisory group that advises the Joint Powers Board regarding its duties, which include: 

  • Guiding implementation of the watershed management plan
  • Developing an annual work plan/budget 
  • Recommending action regarding disputes that occur pursuant to the Joint Powers Agreement.


The Planning Commission typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month (except November and December) at 4:00 PM in Conference Room A at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington. They also offer Zoom as a participation option. The Zoom links can be found on the meeting agendas or on their online calendar. 


Members must reside within the Vermillion River Watershed which, in Scott County, includes the City of Elko New Market and New Market Township.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Vermillion River Watershed Planning Commission, contact Cara at [email protected] or at 952-496-8169.

Further Information

For more information about the VRW Planning Commission, visit the Vermillion River Watershed website or use their Contact Us form.