Lake of the Woods - Excess Nutrients: TMDL project

The Lake of the Woods Total Maximum Daily Load study addresses the nutrient impairment of Minnesota’s portion of the Lake of the Woods, which does not meet water quality standards for total phosphorus and Chlorophyll-a concentrations (related to algae blooms) and Secchi disk depth (transparency).

Phosphorus is the focus of this study because it drives a wide range of biological responses in the lake that affect beneficial uses such as drinking, swimming, and aquatic recreation. Ongoing phosphorus reduction efforts are a management priority in both Minnesota and Canada.

The TMDL study (available below) is open for public comment from Feb. 22 through March 24. Additional information is available in the public notice news release

TMDL study

Two virtual public information sessions will be held during the public comment period. Both will be held via Webex on March 4, 2021. The first will be held from 1-3 p.m. and later that day from 6-8 p.m.   

1-3 p.m. meeting
If using a desktop or laptop computer - Click here to register/join the meeting, or visit Webex.com to join (meeting number/access code 1879600922, password ebGgHpNZ565)
To join by smartphone, ipad or tablet - Go to webex.com on your mobile device. Navigate to “join a meeting” and enter the access code 1879600922. Select “Register” and fill in your name and email and submit. You will receive a confirmation email message with a password and instructions for joining the meeting.
To join by phone (audio only), 1-855-282-6330, access code (if needed) 1879600922#
6-8 p.m. meeting
If using a desktop or laptop computer - Click here to register/join the meeting,
or visit Webex.com to join (meeting number/access code 1876238437, password ebGgHpNZ565)
To join by smartphone, ipad or tablet - Go to webex.com on your mobile device. Navigate to “join a meeting” and enter the access code 1876238437. Select “Register” and fill in your name and email and submit. You will receive a confirmation email message with a password and instructions for joining the meeting.
To join by phone (audio only), 1-855-282-6330, access code (if needed) 187 623 8437#

Contact

Cary Hernandez, Project manager
cary.hernandez@state.mn.us or 218-846-8124

Map and location

The LoW basin is located in northern Minnesota and southern Canada.

lake of the woods basin map of nutrient tmdl