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Links and/or phone numbers to meetings will be posted with meeting agendas on the “agendas and minutes” portion of this website.

The SRWMO is seeking a Recording Secretary. Duties include: • Attend and prepare minutes for 6-9 weekday evening meetings per year, each lasting approximately 2 hours. • Invoicing four member communities twice annually and other minor clerical tasks to be completed on an hourly basis. Those interested are should email their interest to jamie.schurbon@anokaswcd.org by August 25, 2020. Emails must include name, address, phone, qualifications, and a quoted rate for these services. Quoted rates should be on a per-meeting basis for preparing meeting minutes and an hourly basis for all other tasks. The Recording Secretary is expected to provide their own computer with word processing and email capabilities. The position is expected to begin in fall 2020.


The SRWMO is a joint powers special purpose unit of government composed of member communities of Linwood, East Bethel, Columbus and Ham Lake collaborating to manage water resources. This arrangement is based upon the recognition that water-related issues and management rarely stop at municipal boundaries. The SRWMO's boundaries are defined by the West Branch of the Sunrise River's watershed to the West and South Branch of the Sunrise's watershed to the south. To the north and east the boundaries are defined by the Anoka County boundary. It does not extend into other counties because watershed organizations are only required by law within twin cities metropolitan counties.

The SRWMO is involved in many aspects of water management including planning and regulation, water quality, flooding, shoreland management, recreation, wildlife, and erosion control. The WMO has a state-approved watershed management plan which outlines their policies and plan of work. Cities' and townships' local water management plans must be consistent with the WMO's plan. The SRWMO Board does not have employees. Instead, it works through cooperative efforts of the member cities and townships, or contracts with the Anoka Conservation District or other consultants.