Public input can make study and strategy reports better by providing additional information and ideas for implementing changes to reach water quality goals. The reports below were open for public comment from July 22 to September 20. The MPCA thanks everyone who submitted comments. The agency is now reviewing those comments, considering suggested changes to the reports, and working on responses to all comments. All comments received and MPCA responses will be posted on this website when finalized.
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The MPCA will respond to all comments that are received by 4:30 p.m., September 20. To ensure you receive a response, include your name and contact information.
The MPCA will also post all written comments and responses on this website.
See the pages below for the full reports that were open for public comment, and summaries of the reports.
The Minnesota River basin includes all or parts of 37 counties, draining a 17,000-square-mile area. The Greater Blue Earth River Basin includes parts of 14 counties in south-central Minnesota and northern Iowa.
The Watonwan River watershed area is approximately 878 square miles (561,620 acres). It is located in south-central Minnesota within Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, and Watonwan counties.
The Minnesota River-Mankato watershed covers 861,886 acres across Cottonwood, Brown, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Nicollet, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur counties in south-central Minnesota, including the cities of Fairfax, New Ulm, Lake Crystal, St. Peter, North Mankato, and Mankato.
The Lower Minnesota River watershed includes the lowest reach of the Minnesota River and flows into the Mississippi at Fort Snelling. The second largest watershed in the Minnesota River Basin, it covers 1,760 square miles.