NEW ULM (AP) — A new group working to protect the Minnesota River basin is ready to start developing its goals after two years of organizing.

The River Congress will hold at least six meetings this summer to solicit policy ideas from other groups already working in the area. The goal is to develop six or seven action plans that will presented at a meeting in November.

Ted Suss is a member of the River Congress team developing the plans. He says the goals will be broad in scope, such as controlling erosion in ravines or gullies.

He says the River Congress' biggest challenge will be funding. The group hopes to get support from cities and counties along the river, from watershed districts and grants.