Large river monitoring

The large rivers of Minnesota are managed using similar monitoring, assessment, planning, and restoration processes. These five rivers—the Mississippi, Minnesota, Rainy, Red, and St. Croix—are important water resources for recreation, water supply, and commerce. 

The MPCA began monitoring large rivers in 2013, starting with the Mississippi river from its headwaters to the St. Anthony Falls. Another river will be started in each of the following years. The MPCA is working with the other border states to develop uniform monitoring and assessment processes.