The Waterways committee is a group of passionate community members dedicated to making our aquatic resources cleaner and more accessible for everyone to enjoy.  The committee would especially like to thank the Cedar River Watershed District, the City of Austin, The Hormel Foundation, and all of the volunteers who have donated time and money to help clean up our local waterways.

Past accomplishments

  • Supported development of the Cedar River Watershed District's Capital Improvement Plan, including securing a $3.2 million grant through The Hormel Foundation.
  • Led the effort to clean up downtown Mill Pond's island.
  • Partnered to establish Plunging for Pink as a fun aquatic activity and community event to raise money for breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute in Austin.

Current objectives

  • Increase quantity and awareness of clean up days in order to remove debris from our waterways and educate volunteers and the public on the importance of keeping our water clean.
  • Enhancement of the Ramsey Mill Pond area, including new trails, restoration of the old railroad bridge, and new public amenities including a boat launch area, picnic space, and fishing pier.  Ramsey Mill Pond is Mower County's largest body of water.
  • Improvements to the area around the 4th Ave. NE dam, including a portage to facilitate access to the Cedar River State Water Trail and restoration of the former mill site.

Future goals

  • Create and promote more opportunities for aquatic recreation, including expansion of canoe/kayak rentals, more water access sites, and recreational events.
  • Continue to support the Cedar River Watershed District's efforts to clean up shorelines and improve water quality.
  • Increase public education and awareness of watersheds and their importance for the health of both humans and wildlife.