The topography of the area is a nearly level on the Lake Agassiz Plain to slightly undulating in the transitional and upland areas to the east. The main resource concerns in the watershed are wind/water soil erosion, wetland management, surface water quality, flood damage reduction, and wildlife habitat. Many of the resource concerns relate directly to agricultural activities in the region that have resulted in fragmentation and increased sediment and pollutant loadings to surface waters.
Various reaches of the Tamarac are impaired for turbidity and biological impairments affecting invertebrates. Additional impairments may be identified in planned studies.
What's being done
Intensive watershed monitoring and stressor identification were completed and the reports are available below. A TMDL study has been submitted for preliminary EPA approval. The TMDL study and a watershed resotration and protection strategy report (WRAPS) will be put on public notice in 2017.
Monitoring and assessment
- Lower Red River of the North Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (wq-ws3-09020311b)
- Lower Red River of the North watershed stressor Identification
Strategy development for restoration and protection
Public notice: The draft TMDL and WRAPS reports are open for public comment from August 13 to Sept. 12, 2018.