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 completed in 2013. There is one TMDL/implementation plan approved for bacteria, there is a draft TMDL for turbidity, and a work plan is being developed to finish out the major watershed work.
- Pomme de Terre Fecal Coliform Implementation Plan
- Pomme de Terre River Turbidity Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan
Simply put, the river is unhealthy. Sediment clouds the water, phosphorus causes algae, nitrogen poses risks to humans and fish, and bacteria make the water unsafe for swimming.