Lower Des Moines River

Lower Des Moines River

The Lower Des Moines River watershed is located in southwestern Minnesota. It covers approximately 703,000 acres.

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 agricultural.

What's being done

Monitoring and assessment

Strategy development for restoration and protection

A TMDL was approved in Dec. 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 to improve water quality in the watershed.