2018 CROW Photo Contest Winners!
  • “Face Sized Sunfish” on Lake Francis Fishing Winner – Liz Giese
  • “Beautiful Grackle” near Lake Ripley Wildlife Winner – Kristen Solbrack
  • “Winter Sunset” on Lake Pulaski Scenic Winner – Joseph Anderson
  • “Jet Skiing Around” on Lake Francis Active Recreation Winner – Angie Richards

  • WILDLIFE WINNER! Large Deer Herd North of Darwin by Peg Beckstrand
    WILDLIFE WINNER! Large Deer Herd North of Darwin by Peg Beckstrand
  • RECREATION WINNER! Ice Fishing on Stahs Lake near Hutchinson by Joshua Baklund
    RECREATION WINNER! Ice Fishing on Stahs Lake near Hutchinson by Joshua Baklund
  • ALTERNATIVE CAMERA WINNER! Pelican Lake West of St. Michael by Jeff Grotte
    ALTERNATIVE CAMERA WINNER! Pelican Lake West of St. Michael by Jeff Grotte
  • SCENIC WINNER! Round Barn on a Frosty December Morning near Hanover by Shane Smeby
    SCENIC WINNER! Round Barn on a Frosty December Morning near Hanover by Shane Smeby
  • FISHING WINNER! Nice Walleye caught on the South Fork Crow River near Hutchinson by Kristen Wreede
    FISHING WINNER! Nice Walleye caught on the South Fork Crow River near Hutchinson by Kristen Wreede
  • HUMOROUS/UNUSUAL WINNER! Young Great Horned Owl in Crow-Hassen Park by Jeff Grotte
    HUMOROUS/UNUSUAL WINNER! Young Great Horned Owl in Crow-Hassen Park by Jeff Grotte
Portions of ten counties in Central Minnesota make up the Crow River Watershed. From the perspective of the Upper Mississippi River Basin, the Crow River is one of its major tributaries. The effects of rapid urban growth, new and expanding wastewater facilities and erosion from agricultural lands have been common concerns of many citizens, local, state and regional governments in Central Minnesota. As a result, many groups began meeting in 1998 to discuss management of the Crow River basin consisting of the North Fork and South Fork.

The Crow River Organization of Water (CROW) was formed in 1999 as a result of heightened interest in the Crow River. A Joint Powers Agreement has been signed between all ten of the Counties with land in the Crow River Watershed. The CROW Joint Powers Board is made up of one representative from each of the County Boards who signed the agreement. The Counties involved in the CROW Joint Powers include Carver, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Sibley, Stearns and Wright.
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