Snake River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy: TMDL Project

The Snake River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy is a project that is addressing all the impairments (2008) within the Snake River Watershed to create a complete Restoration and Protection Plan for the entire Snake River Watershed. The Snake River Watershed is an eight digit Hydrologic Unit (HUC) located in the St. Croix River Basin. The watershed is approximately 1,006 square miles or 643,534 acres in extent and overlies four counties including Aitkin, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. The headwaters of the Snake River are located in southeastern Aitkin County.

Land use and land cover data for the Snake River Watershed has a large variation of cover ranging from largely agriculture and urban in the south to largely forest and wetland in the north.

This project is going to address all the remaining impaired waters in the Snake River Watershed and will result in a Four Lakes TMDL and a Streams TMDL which will address all of the Biota and Bacteria impairments. While restoration of impaired waters is important, it is also important to protect the unimpaired water bodies as well. When complete the watershed will have a plan that will address not just the impaired waters but the unimpaired waters as well.

The local sponsor of this project is the Snake River Watershed Management Board (SRWMB), which is a four county non-regulatory joint powers organization. The SRWMB also has representation from the Aitkin, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Local Lake Associations, and other local groups.

Map and location

The impairments listed below included in this project can be viewed on the map.

Map of Snake River

More maps are available on the TMDL maps page.

TMDL report and implementation plan

WRAPS report

Other documents