Almost half of the watershed is forested (42%), while grasslands and shrub wetlands make up 38%, row crops 10%, water 6%, and 4% is urban. The majority of the watershed is within the North Central Hardwood Forest with small sections in the Northern Lakes and Forests ecoregion.
The watershed has approximately 2,149 total river miles and contains 212 lakes greater than 10 acres in size. There are several impaired lakes and streams in this watershed.
What's being done
Biological, chemistry and flow monitoring will begin in 2017 on several key stream reaches throughout the watershed. Volunteers and local government units as well as MPCA staff will also be conducting lake monitoring on several key lakes throughout the watershed. Citizens interested in getting involved with the project can contact the MPCA project manager listed below. MPCA’s Watershed Approach: Since 2007, the MPCA and its partners have begun implementing a 10-year rotation for addressing Minnesota’s waters at the major watershed level.
- Our Upper Mississippi River Large River and Basin Restoration and Protection Strategies (wq-ws4-38b)
- Mississippi River - Brainerd Watershed Stressor Identification Report (wq-ws5-07010104a)