Elk River Watershed - Multiple Impairments: TMDL Project

Minnesota's Impaired Waters and TMDLs


This TMDL focuses on two lakes and a stretch of river within the Elk River watershed. The lakes are Mayhew Lake, about eight miles northeast of the city of Sauk Rapids, and Big Elk Lake, just northeast of the city of Clear Lake. The river stretch is the Elk River, between Big Elk Lake and the St. Francis River. Mayhew Lake and Big Elk Lake are impaired due to excess nutrients, primarily phosphorus. The Elk River reach is impaired due to excess turbidity and bacteria, primarily E. coli. The MPCA and the Elk River Watershed Association cooperatively developed the TMDL study. The TMDL study began in August 2008 and is projected to be completed in 2012.

Map and location

Elk River watershed is located south eastern portion of the Upper Mississippi Basin, within the Mississippi River-St. Cloud watershed. For a map of this impairment, see the Google map below or the Impaired Waters Viewer.

TMDL report and implementation plan

Other documents

      Meetings and events

      • Elk River Watershed TMDL Public Meeting #1 - March 19, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Palmer Town Hall, Clear Lake, MN


      Information contact

      Phil Votruba, Project Manager
      7678 College Road, Suite 105
      Baxter, MN 56425

      Tiffany Determan, TMDL Coordinator (ERWA)
      14855 Hwy 10
      Elk River, MN 55330