Zumbro & Friends
Southeastern Minnesota flooding is
costing local communities, the state and federal government
millions of dollars! These floods have wrought devastation
upon the lives of the people in these rural communities
who are our neighbors and a vital part of the fabric
of Minnesota. At the same time,the floods have been
a reset event, which has provided the opportunity to
go forward with a new start. The Zumbro Watershed
can't be looked upon as an unmanaged problem, but as
a tremendous resource to many communities within its
Zumbro & Friends was formed
in response to the devastatng September 2010 Zumbro River
flooding. It is a true grassroots organization that
is comprised of local citizens that are partnering with
three established non-profit organizations-- the Zumbro
Watershed Partnership, Coming Alongside, and Renewing
the Countryside--- and the academic community to form
an Executive Steering Committee. The common goal for this
work is the development of a comprehensive Watershed Flood
Control and Mitigation Plan.
Zumbro & Friends seeks to foster
relationships between the faith community, private sector,
local government agencies, regulating and supporting
agencies, legislators and the citizens who live in the
Zumbro Watershed. By working proactively, across community
boundaries and across sectors, Zumbro & Friends
hopes to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, multi-county
development plan that can be applied to other parts
of the state.
Who are the organizations
that have committed resources to this project?
& Friends: Zumbro & Friends is a brain
trust organization that has the ultimate goal of coalescing
into more than the sum of its parts. It is
actively working with all organizations, communities
and residents in the Zumbro Watershed to provide a single
point of access for information about the watershed
and efforts to mitigate flood control and stimulate
economic development. A primary focus of Zumbro &
Friends is the development of a temporary union of governming
stateholders that will bridge the void inherent in a
large geographical area.
Watershed Partnership: This non-profit organization
has the mission, "To promote the protection and
improvement of the Zumbro River Watershed." The
Zumbro Watershed Partnership brings knowledge of the
watershed, relationships with technical partners and
regional credibility to the table.
Alongside: Coming Alongside is a division
of the National Community Resource Center. It provides
leadership, vision, relationships and significant network
connects that may be used to strengthen local communities
at all levels. "Complete---don't compete"
describes the way in which Coming Alongside has assisted
communities during the Zumbro flood recovery.
the Countryside: This non-profit seeks
to strengthen rural areas through projects that have
positive environmental, economic and social benefits.
Renewing the Countrisde will bring their expertise
in working at the local level to long-term economic
development issues in the Watershed. Currently, the
non-profit is working with the lower Zumbro River Valley
from Lake Zumbro and Zumbrota to Wabasha and Kellogg
in an effort to rebrand the area to attract business
investment, new residents and tourism.