The Red River of the North-Sand Hill River watershed is subject to frequent floods that affect urban and rural infrastructure and agricultural production. Land use within the watershed is largely agricultural, accounting for nearly 85% of the overall watershed acres. Many of the resource concerns in the watershed — water erosion, nutrient management, wetland management, surface water quality, flood damage reduction, and wildlife habitat — relate directly to flooding and increased sediment and pollutants in surface waters.
Dams on the Sand Hill River have prevented fish from getting to prime spawning habitat. Recently local partners have been working to remove barriers to allow fish upstream.
What's being done
Monitoring and assessment
Intensive watershed monitoring and stressor identification has been completed.
- Sand Hill River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (wq-ws3-09020301b)
- Summary Sand Hill River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (wq-ws3-09020301c)
- Sand Hill River Watershed Biotic Stressor Identification Report (wq-ws5-09020301)
- Summary: Sand Hill River Watershed Stressor Identification Report (wq-ws5-09020301b)
Strategy for restoration and protection
- Sand Hill River Watershed TMDL (wq-iw5-10e) (EPA approval 6/27/2017)
- Sand Hill River Watershed TMDL: EPA approval letter (wq-iw5-10g)
- Sandhill River Watershed WRAPS (wq-ws4-26a) (MPCA approval 10/6/2017)