Like the rest of the state, watersheds in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are the focus of intensive monitoring and restoration and protection work. But urban watersheds are challenged by concentrated development and human activities that affect water quality.
Within the three major watersheds that cover the Twin Cities area, there are 33 smaller watersheds managed by their own watershed district or watershed management organization. Minnesota law requires local units of government in the Twin Cities area to prepare and implement comprehensive surface water management plans.
Clearly see the location of Twin Cities watersheds with a "zoomable" map:
- Twin Cities metro area watershed (Met Council)