Hawk Creek/Beaver Creek - Fecal Coliform & Turbidity: TMDL Project

 Minnesota's Impaired Waters and TMDLs

Background

This project addresses 7 impairments in the Hawk Creek and Beaver Creek watersheds for turbidity and fecal coliform bacteria (see list of impaired reaches below). The Hawk Creek Watershed TMDL Project is located in parts of Renville, Chippewa, and Kandiyohi counties and covers 623,424 acres (974 square miles) of land. Hawk Creek watershed is unique among the other major watersheds of the Minnesota River in that it is made up of a main tributary (Hawk Creek) and several other streams that flow directly into the Minnesota River. Hawk Creek originates at Eagle Lake north of Willmar and flows approximately 65 miles to its mouth at the Minnesota River near Granite Falls.  

The Hawk Creek Watershed Project is funded through Clean Water Partnership (CWP).
 
The following reaches were listed as impaired for turbidity, starting in 2004:

Listed reach nameAUID #Listed pollutantImpaired use303(d) list scheduled start/
completion dates

Hawk  Creek

07020004-568

Fecal Coliform

Aquatic Recreation

2009 // 2013

Hawk Creek

07020004-568

Turbidity

Aquatic Life

2009 // 2013

Unnamed ditch

07020004-589

Turbidity

Aquatic Life

2009 // 2013

Beaver Creek

07020004-528

Fecal Coliform

Aquatic Recreation

2011 // 2015

Beaver Creek

07020004-528

Turbidity

Aquatic Life

2011 // 2015

Beaver Creek, West Fork

07020004-530

Fecal Coliform

Aquatic Recreation

2011 // 2015

Beaver Creek, West Fork

07020004-530

Turbidity

Aquatic Life

2011 // 2015

Map and location

Hawk Creek and Beaver Creek are located in the Minnesota River - Yellow Medicine River watershed. For a map of this impairment, see the Google map below or the Impaired Waters Viewer.

TMDL report and implementation plan

The draft TMDL report and implementation plan are currently in development.

Other documents

Meetings and events

Specific information and meetings on the Hawk Creek/Beaver Creek TMDL project are provided on the Hawk Creek Watershed Project website.

Links

Information contact

Mark T. Hanson, Project Manager
1420 East College Drive, Suite 900
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-6000
mark.hanson@state.mn.us