The Redwood River watershed is one of the 13 major watersheds in the Minnesota River Basin. The entire Redwood River watershed has 85.5% (approximately 385,665 acres) of the land in cultivation, 7% in grassland, 1.5% in water, and 0.6% in wetlands. Altitudes descend from west to east, with the Coteau des Prairies serving as a watershed divide. Natural drainage patterns in the area were established by valleys formed from glacial meltwaters. End moraines, which were formed during the recession of the last glacier, are the most prominent features. Counties in the watershed include Lincoln, Yellow Medicine, Lyon, Murray, Redwood, and Cottonwood.
What's being done
Monitoring and assessment
MPCA’s intensive watershed monitoring effort was conducted in 2017-2018 for the Redwood River Watershed.
Strategy development for restoration and protection
Following monitoring, a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy and an Implementation Plan is in development for the Redwood River Watershed. Technical assistance and best management practice cost-share programs are available for the Redwood River Watershed. TMDL assessments have been developed for the impaired waters located within the watershed boundaries.
Total Maximum Daily Load projects include: