Nearly 87% of the land in this watershed is privately owned. Land use in watershed is primarily agricultural, accounting for approximately 80% of the available acres. Two-year corn/soybean rotations comprise close to 90% of cropped lands within the watershed; small grains, hay, and grasslands enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program make up the majority of the balance.
- Minnesota River Headwaters Watershed Characterization Report (Minnesota Digital Water Research Library)
What's being done
Monitoring and assessment
The Minnesota River-Headwaters watershed conducted intensive watershed monitoring in 2015-16. The stressor identification process is under way to determine what is stressing biological communities in the impaired reaches. Additional watershed data is being collected such as drainage and shoreline.
- Minnesota River - Headwaters Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (wq-ws3-07020001b)
- Minnesota River - Headwaters Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report Summary (wq-ws3-07020001c)
Strategy development for restoration and protection
Modeling was completed in 2017 for use in the development of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy due in 2020.