The Minnesota River-Mankato watershed is composed of several small first and second order streams that drain directly into the Minnesota River. Land use in the Minnesota River-Mankato watershed is dominated by row crop agriculture, with corn and soybean production accounting for about 90% of cropped lands.
County Soil and Water Conservation Districts have identified the primary resource concerns to be sediment and erosion control, stormwater management, drinking water and source water protection, drainage management, waste management, nutrient management, surface water quality and wetland management.
What's being done
Monitoring and assessment
Intensive water monitoring is completed, with the MPCA and local partners collecting data from more than 110 sites over two years.
- Minnesota River - Mankato watershed monitoring and assessment report (wq-ws3-07020007b)
- Summary - Middle Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (wq-ws3-07020007d)
- Minnesota River - Mankato Watershed Stressor Identification Report (wq-ws5-07020007a)
- Summary - Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed Stressor Identification Report (wq-ws5-07020007b)
Water quality model supporting documents
- Model resegmentation and extension for Minnesota River watershed model applications
- Hydrology and water-quality calibration and validation of Minnesota River watershed model
- Middle Minnesota HSPF Summary (wq-ws3-07020007c)
- Minnesota River Basin HSPF Model Hydrology Recalibration (wq-iw7-47q)
- Minnesota River Basin Sediment Delivery Analysis (Final) (wq-iw7-47p)
- Minnesota River Basin HSPF Model Sediment Recalibration (wq-iw7-47o)
Strategy development for restoration and protection
The following work is completed:
- The MPCA worked with local partners in the watershed on civic engagement contracts. Summary of the final project reports and related products (53mb): Middle Minnesota River Watershed Approach Civic Engagement Project Summary (wq-ws4-53c)
- Interpretive signs on water quality have been installed at Minneopa State Park near Mankato and Ft. Ridgely State Park near Fairfax.
- The MPCA worked with Fortin Consulting to develop a directory of stakeholders in the watershed. This directory offers a searchable list of groups with an interest in the Minnesota River. Middle Minnesota River Directory