The Vermillion River watershed is located in the southeast part of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Encompassing 335 square miles, the headwaters are located in southeastern Scott County, with the majority of the watershed located within in Dakota County. The part of the watershed that is located within Dakota and Scott Counties is governed by the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO), which is a key sponsor for this project. Local SWCDs, local units of government, state agencies, and other groups are part of this project.
The Vermillion River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy addresses 27 impaired water bodies in the watershed, as well as protection strategies for water bodies that are currently not listed as impaired. The impairments range from biological impairments (fish and macroinvertebrates), turbidity, low dissolved oxygen, E. coli and fecal coliform, and excess nutrients.
Map and location
The Vermillion River Watershed is located in southern portion of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. The majority of the watershed is located in Scott and Dakota counties, with a small area in Goodhue County.
WRAPS and TMDL report
- Vermillion River Watershed: Final WRAPS report (wq-ws4-14a) (MPCA approval 10/5/2015)
- Vermillion River Watershed: Final TMDL (wq-iw9-16e) (EPA approval 12/21/2015)
- Vermillion River Watershed TMDL: EPA Approval Letter (wq-iw9-16g)
- Vermillion River Watershed Stressor Identification Report
- Vermillion River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report
- Stream cooling demonstrations (VRWJPO)
- Vermillion River Watershed - Watershed monitoring
- Vermillion River Corridor Handbook