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Minnesota's Impaired Waters and TMDLs

TMDL Project: Sauk River Horseshoe Chain of Lakes - Excessive Nutrients


This project addresses the excessive nutrient impairment of the Sauk River Chain of Lakes, a reservoir system of thirteen lakes along the Sauk River in Stearns County.  The Sauk River Watershed District (SRWD) will assist the MPCA with the TMDL study. 

Map and location

Sauk River Horseshoe Chain of Lakes is located in the Sauk River watershed, which lies in the south central portion of the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

TMDL report and implementation plan

  • TMDL currently in development.

On public notice

Beginning September 8, 2014, the MPCA will be accepting comments on proposed site-specific water quality standards for Sauk River Chain of Lakes in Stearns County. This re-notice is identical to the July 28, 2014 notice, with the exception of the addition of Bolfing Lake to the tables. The technical document supporting the site-specific standards was also edited to include Bolfing on Table 2 (page 18). Information pertaining to the site-specific standard is available in the following document:

Note that comments received during the July 28 public comment period will still be considered. Comments received during the September 8 comment period may pertain to any part of this notice and the site-specific standard technical document, not just the amended portions. Written comments on the proposed site-specific standard must be postmarked or received by the MPCA contact person listed below by 4:30 P.M. on October 8, 2014.


Information contacts

Greg VanEeckhout, MPCA Project Manager 
7678 College Road, Suite 105
Baxter, MN 56425

Lynn Nelson, Sauk River Watershed District
524 Fourth Street South
Sauk Centre, MN 56378

Last modified on September 02, 2014 09:58

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