Above-normal amounts of precipitation in the late fall of the year or from May to October lead to high levels of soil moisture, periodically producing the snow-melt and summer floods that affect the region. The main resource concerns in the watershed are wind and water erosion, nutrient management, wetland management, surface water quality, flood damage reduction, and wildlife habitat. Many of the resource concerns relate directly to flooding and increased sediment and pollutant loadings to surface waters.
Land use within the watershed is largely agricultural, accounting for nearly 91% of the overall watershed acres. Development pressure is low to moderate, with occasional farms being parceled out for development, recreation, or country homes.
What's being done
Monitoring and assessment
Strategy development for restoration and protection
Public notice: Public comment period for the draft WRAPS and TMDL reports is April 12 through May 12, 2021.
- Draft Marsh River Watershed TMDL report (wq-iw5-20b)
- Draft Marsh River Watershed WRAPS report (wq-ws4-83a)
- Summary - Marsh River Watershed WRAPS report (wq-ws4-83b)