About Us

The Shell Rock River Watershed District (SRRWD) was established in June 25, 2003 at the request of local citizen’s petition for the purpose of improving water quality. The District encompasses 246-square miles located entirely with in Freeborn County. The SRRWD is home to Albert Lea, Hayward, Glenville, Twin Lakes, Manchester and the southern portion of Clarks Grove.

The watershed includes 11 shallow lakes, but its tourism and identity are focused on Fountain and Albert Lea Lake.  This watershed drains to the Shell Rock River at the outlet of Albert Lea Lake, and is the headwaters for the Cedar, Upper Iowa, and ultimately the Mississippi River. Being a headwaters watershed, water quality is reflected by local practices. The SRRWD is collaborating with multiple agencies to improve water quality conditions within the watershed, as well as influencing downstream conditions.

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