The MPCA uses a watershed approach to restore and protect Minnesota’s water bodies. Monitoring and assessing our state’s more than 10,000 lakes and many thousands of miles of streams and rivers can be overwhelming. Using the watershed approach allows us to breakdown Minnesota’s waters into manageable sections.
The state is divided into 80 sections and the agency works on 8 watersheds a year in a 10-year cycle, allowing for a more systematic and thorough water monitoring process, as well as one that is more cost effective and efficient. But most importantly, the watershed approach demonstrates that all things are connected.