MPCA seeks comments on restoration/protection report for the Crow Wing River Watershed

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

Brainerd, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking comments on a watershed restoration and protection report for the Crow Wing River watershed. The Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS), summarizes monitoring and water quality improvement projects completed during the past several years, and identifies strategies necessary to restore and protect the Crow Wing River watershed. The MPCA is accepting comments on the report through Dec. 11, 2014.

The watershed is located in north-central Minnesota and includes all or parts of Becker, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Morrison, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena counties. Required by the state Clean Water Legacy Act, a WRAPS is a document summarizing scientific studies of a major watershed including the physical, chemical and biological assessment of the water quality; identification of impairments and water bodies in need of protection; identification of biotic stressors and sources of pollution; and proposed strategies and actions designed to achieve and maintain water quality standards.

The draft report is available on the Crow Wing River watershed web page, or at the St. Paul MPCA office, 520 Lafayette Road North. Comments may be submitted to Bonnie Finnerty, MPCA, 7678 College Road, Baxter, MN, 56425, or by email to bonnie.finnerty@state.mn.us, by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2014. For more information, contact Bonnie at 218-316-3897, or toll-free at 1-800-657-3864.

Written comments must include a statement of your interest in the draft WRAPS; a statement of the action you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to sections of the draft WRAPS that you believe should be changed; and specific reasons supporting your position.

More information on all of Minnesota’s 81 major watersheds is available on the MPCA’s watershed web pages.