Sauk River

The Sauk River watershed covers 667,200 acres (1,043 square miles) and extends from the Mississippi River near St. Cloud to within 3 miles of Alexandria. The overall watershed is about 75 miles in length. The Sauk River itself meanders for 120 miles in a northwest-to-southeast direction.

Many water bodies — both lake and rivers — in the Sauk River watershed are impaired for excess nutrients and sediment.

What's being done

Monitoring and assessment

Intensive watershed monitoring first occurred in 2008-2009, and began again in the field season of 2018.

Strategy development for restoration and protection

The initial Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) report was completed in 2015. Five TMDL studies have been approved by U.S. EPA since 2011.