Lower Minnesota River

The western part of the watershed is rural and the middle and eastern portions are urban. Most of the population in the Minnesota River Basin lives in this watershed, including the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The watershed includes Sibley and Scott counties, and portions of Le Sueur, Carver, Hennepin, Dakota, Rice, Nicollet, Renville and McLeod counties.

Water quality concerns include levels of sediment, bacteria, nutrients and chloride, and their impacts to fish and other aquatic life.

What's being done

Monitoring and assessment

Intensive water monitoring was completed in 2015.

Strategy development for restoration and protection

The agency plans to finish the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies in 2018.

Implementation plans