Des Moines River - Headwaters

Des Moines River at Windom, MN

The river is used for recreational activities such as fishing, tubing, snowmobiling, and canoeing. It is also a valuable fisheries resource with the following species of fish prevalent throughout the watershed: northern pike, buffalo, carp, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, and bullhead.  Land use is primarily agriculture.

    What's being done

    A TMDL was approved in December 2008 that addressed bacteria, turbidity, pH, and excess nutrients. An implementation plan for this TMDL was approved in September 2009.  Since the approval, several grants have been received by local entities.

    Monitoring and assessment

    Implementation plan