Contact: Cori Rude-Young, 651-757-2680
St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently released watershed monitoring and assessment reports for the Little Fork, Pomme de Terre, and Sauk River watersheds.
With dollars provided by the Clean Water Fund (from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment), the MPCA currently conducts and oversees a variety of surface-water-monitoring activities that support its mission of helping Minnesotans protect the environment. To be successful in preventing and addressing problems, good information is needed about the status of Minnesota's waters, potential and actual threats, options for addressing the threats and data on how effective management actions have been. The MPCA's monitoring efforts are focused on providing that critical information. These three reports are the first of about 80 that will be produced during the next decade for all of Minnesota's major watersheds.
Comprehensive monitoring of the Pomme de Terre River Watershed began in 2007, and of the Little Fork and Sauk River watersheds in 2008. The focus for all three was to characterize the fish, macroinvertebrate, habitat and water chemistry of the river and streams in the watershed and water chemistry in lakes. Conditions in the Little Fork Watershed were found to be quite good, while more problems were discovered in the Sauk and Pomme de Terre watersheds.
To view the full reports, visit the watersheds’ page on the MPCA website: