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Watershed Reports and Studies

Roseau River Watershed Highlights / Hydrology and Stream Stability (2021)- MN DNR hydrology summary on current conditions and highlights of the watershed


Roseau River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (2018)Summary of 2015/2016 intensive watershed monitoring efforts. 

Roseau River Watershed Stressor Identification (SID) Report (2018) This report summarizes and evaluates factors, natural and human, which are likely responsible for impaired fish and macroinvertebrate communities in the RRW.

Roseau River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Report (2020) This TMDL report addresses total suspended solids (TSS) and bacteria (in the form of Escherichia coli [E. coli]) impairments in the Hay Creek subwatershed.

Roseau River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Report (2020) – High-level summary of past assessment and diagnostic work and outlines ways to prioritize actions and strategies for continued implementation efforts.

The Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) (2014)The NRS is a guide for reducing excess nutrients in local waters so that both in-state and downstream water quality goals are ultimately met – in this case, for the Red River of the North and Lake Winnipeg. An update is pending.

Minnesota Statewide Chloride Management Plan (2020) The Statewide Chloride Management Plan provides guidance, resources, and information to individuals, organizations, and municipalities to assist in making the important decisions of the what, how and when for managing chloride (salt).  More

Watershed Health Assessment FrameworkThe Watershed Health Assessment Framework (WHAF) provides an organized approach for understanding natural resource conditions and challenges, and for identifying opportunities to improve the health and resilience of Minnesota’s watersheds.

Source Water Assessments - Information regarding noncommunity public water supplies.

Using Guidance Documents to Manage Specific Potential Contaminant Sources
The MDH has developed several guidance documents to manage impacts to drinking water from specific potential contaminant sources. Topics include mining, stormwater, septic systems, feedlots, nitrates, and chemical and fuel storage tanks.

Groundwater Restoration and Protection Strategies (GRAPS) Report – This report is in development. GRAPS will provide information and strategies on groundwater and drinking water supplies to help inform the local decision-making process of the 1W1P.

Non-Point Source Loading (sediment, nutrient, and bacteria) to Surface Waters (2018) -  

Improving and protecting water quality should be a primary goal within the planning area. Impaired waters and prioritized protections waters have been identified by the MPCA in the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) process. The State’s Nonpoint Priority Funding Plan (NPFP) recommends that highest priority waters for protection and restoration are those which are listed as impaired but nearly meet standards, and those waters not listed as impaired that barely meet standards.

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