City of Frazee recognized at international conference
The Red River Basin Commission (RRBC) recently celebrated and recognized over 150 signatories on the Red River Basin Resolution of Support at the 27th Annual Red River Basin Land and Water International Summit Conference held in Grand Forks January 19-21. Hank Ludtke, mayor of Frazee and RRBC Board member, attended the conference and accepted the plaque for the city.
The International Summit Conference is held annually in January and rotates between Red River Basin cities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba. This conference fosters international cooperation and identifies issues important to Red River Basin citizens.
It is a public forum for natural resources education, training and information dissemination useful for elected officials, watershed managers, educators, producers, environmentalists, business leaders and basin residents.
The Red River Basin Resolution of Support is part of the RRBC Outreach Strategy and is a good faith document, which states an entity agrees with and supports the vision, mission, and work of the RRBC. By signing this document an entity agrees to a collaborative and cooperative approach to land and water management in the Red River Basin.
Since the spring of 2009, RRBC activities have focused on Long Term Flood Solutions (LTFS) for the entire Basin. The RRBC has sponsored 21 Flood Forums throughout the basin with nearly 1000 residents attending. The RRBC has collected and analyzed over 500 public surveys, and is currently working on damage inventories with 91 entities in the basin. These activities have been part of phase one of the LTFS Work Plan.
The feedback from the Flood Forums, the public and entity surveys, and the 27th Annual conference is being integrated into Flood Damage Reduction principles and goals. The RRBC is continuing to develop these basin principles and goals that will guide recommendations to Minnesota and North Dakota legislators and also to Manitoba Water Stewardship. The RRBC will host additional public forums in the fall of 2010 to generate feedback on these recommendations.
The Red River Basin encompasses 49,000 square miles of land in the United States and Canada. Forty-four Canadian Rural Municipalities and 42 U.S. Counties have all or some of their area within the basin. In addition, there are over 300 communities within the basin.
For more information on the RRBC, visit their website at www.redriverbasincommission.org. Lance Yohe, executive director, can also be reached at 218- 291-0422.