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About Us

Headwaters of the Minnesota River

Located at the headwaters of the Minnesota River, the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District was formed by petition by Big Stone County in 1967.
The District now covers parts of Big Stone, Traverse, Swift, Lac qui Parle and Stevens counties.  Our district covers 505 square miles and includes lakes such as Big Stone, Marsh, Long Tom, Lyseng, Thielke, Bentsen, Barry, Shible, and Otrey

Board of Managers

Front Row (LtoR):
Wanda Holker and Gene Meyer
Back Row (LtoR):
Jon Bork, Terry Gillespie and Gary Haugen

Meet our Executive Director, Amber Doschadis


Amber began her career with the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District in 2017 and became the Administrator/ Executive Director in 2019. Amber manages the development of our large-scale water quality and flood control projects, beginning by gathering local stakeholder input, then facilitating design work and project construction.

“I enjoy working with landowners in the UMRWD to create projects that coincide with our mission while helping landowners accomplish their goals as well. It is through great partnerships like these that we are able to reduce erosion and flooding within our District all while improving water quality downstream in Big Stone Lake and the Minnesota River.
In my free time I take advantage of all the great natural resources our area has to offer, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, etc. with my family.

Amber is available via email at [email protected]