Redeye River watershed report outlines plan for restoring water quality

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

Brainerd, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and local partners have developed a plan to restore and protect water quality from high bacteria levels in the Redeye River watershed in central and west central Minnesota.  The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report for the watershed is open for public review and comment through July 20, 2016.

The Redeye River watershed includes all or parts of Becker, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena counties.

Following extensive monitoring and analysis, a TMDL report quantifies pollutant levels, identifies sources of pollution, and proposes ways to bring water quality back to acceptable levels. These reports are being completed under the MPCA’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams, rivers and lakes, and developing strategies to restore and protect water quality.

The draft report is available on the MPCA’s Public Notices webpage, 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 July 20, 2016. For more information, contact Bonnie at 218-316-3897, or toll-free at 800-657-3864.

More information on all of Minnesota’s 80 major watersheds is available on the MPCA’s watershed webpages.