Crow Wing Watershed TMDLs — Multiple Impairments: TMDL Project

This Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study addresses aquatic recreation use impairments due to eutrophication (phosphorus) in 7 lakes, aquatic recreation use impairments due to E. coli in ten streams, and aquatic life use impairments due to dissolved oxygen and/or biological indicators in 3 streams in the Crow Wing River Watershed in central Minnesota Figure 1). The goal of this TMDL is to provide wasteload allocations (WLAs) and load allocations (LAs) and to quantify the pollutant reductions needed to meet the state water quality standards. These TMDLs are being established in accordance with section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, because the State of Minnesota has determined that these lakes and streams exceed the state established standards.

The findings from this TMDL study will be used to aid the selection of implementation activities as part of the Crow Wing River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) process. The purpose of the WRAPS report is to support local working groups and jointly develop scientifically-supported restoration and protection strategies to be used for subsequent implementation planning.

AUID/ Lake ID

Name

Location/reach description

Designated
use class

Listing year

Affected use: pollutant/stressor

80-0034-00

Blueberry Lake

3 miles N of Menagha

2B, 3C

2008

Aquatic Recreation:
Nutrient/
Eutrophication
Biological Indicators
(Phosphorus)

29-0072-00

Eighth Crow Wing Lake

3 miles E of Nevis

2B, 3C

2006

29-0086-00

First Crow Wing Lake

5 miles W of Badoura

2B, 3C

2006

80-0030-00

Lower Twin Lake

3 miles NE of Menagha

2B, 3C

2008

11-0222-00

Lake Margaret

At Lake Shore (Town)

2B, 3C

2006

18-0408-00

Mayo Lake

3 miles S of Pequot Lakes

2B, 3C

*2014

29-0250-00

Portage Lake

4.5 miles NW of Park Rapids

2B, 3C

2006

18-0404-00

Sibley Lake

At Pequot Lakes

2B, 3C

*2014

07010106-518

Partridge River

Headwaters to Crow Wing R

2B, 3C

*2014

Aquatic Recreation:
Escherichia coli

07010106-524

Home Brook

Headwaters (Omen Lk) to Lk Margaret

2B, 3C

*2014

07010106-527

Swan Creek

T135 R32W S2, N line to Crow Wing R

2C

*2014

07010106-544

Cat River

Kitten Cr to Crow Wing R

2C

*2014

07010106-577

Pillager Creek

T133 R30W S5, N line to Crow Wing R

2C

*2014

07010106-604

Mayo Creek

Unnamed cr to Unnamed cr

2B, 3C

*2014

07010106-684

Unnamed creek

Unnamed cr to Crow Wing R

2B, 3C

*2014

07010106-698

Stoney Brook

T136 R29W S32, W line to Upper Gull L

1B, 2A, 3B

*2014

07010106-700

Corey Brook

T135 T30W S16, N line to Home Bk

1B, 2A, 3B

*2014

07010106-702

Farnham Creek

Unnamed ditch to T136 R32W S21, W line

1B, 2A, 3B

*2014

07010106-527

Swan Creek

T135 R32W S2, N line to Crow Wing R

2C

*2014

Aquatic Life:
Dissolved oxygen

07010106-558

Straight River

Straight Lk to Fishhook R

1B, 2A, 3B

2010

07010106-681

Shell River

Fishhook R to Upper Twin Lk

2B, 3C

*2014

07010106-527

Swan Creek

T135 R32W S2, N line to Crow Wing R

2C

*2014

Aquatic Life:
Macroinvertebrate Bioassessments 

Map and location

The Crow Wing River Watershed is located in north-central Minnesota in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The watershed is located in Becker, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Morrison, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena Counties.

TMDL report and implementation plan

WRAPS report

Other documents

None.

Meetings and events

To be scheduled.

Links

Additional information on the Crow Wing River Watershed Project can be found at:

Information contact

Bonnie Finnerty
TMDL Project Manager
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
7678 College Road Suite 105
Baxter, MN 56425
218-316-3897
Bonnie.finnerty@state.mn.us