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.