Pomme de Terre River

MPCA held an informational meeting (Oct. 7 - online only) on implications for wastewater treatment facilities on Wasteload Allocations in the TMDL report for the Lac qui Parle lakeshed, including portions of four watersheds: Minnesota River Headwaters, Lac qui Parle, Pomme de Terre, and Chippewa.

The Pomme de Terre River begins cool and clear in Otter Tail County, bordered by wooded hills and grassy meadows. It flows south through several lakes; as the river nears its mouth, it is bordered by eroding banks, becoming increasingly muddy before discharging into the Minnesota River at Marsh Lake. 

Land use within the Pomme de Terre watershed is primarily agricultural, accounting for approximately 81% of the available acres. There are impairments starting from Barrett Lake and continue to the outlet to the Minnesota River at Marsh Lake.

What's being done

Monitoring and assessment reports and data

Strategy for restoration and protection

The Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy report was completed in 2013. A work plan is being developed to finish out the major watershed work.

Implementation plans

The Minnesota River: Evaluating its health [highlight]