Watershed at a Glance
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.
|Hydrologic Unit Code:||07010202|
|Intensive monitoring start year:||2008|
|Major lakes||Major rivers and streams|
Lake Osakis, Sauk Lake, Big Fish Lake, Sauk River Chain of Lakes
Many water bodies are impaired, both lake and rivers, for excess nutrients and sediment.
What's being done
Intensive watershed monitoring is underway and five TMDL studies are either done or nearing completion.
- Several 319 and other federally funded projects are underway.
- Extensive monitoring is being carried out by the watershed district.
- EAO recently completed additional assessment work on watershed lakes as part of the IWM efforts.
- rial efforts on pollutant trading on a watershed scale.
- Pilot efforts on wastewater treatment permitting on a watershed scale.
- First part of the IWM work and other projects
Monitoring and assessment reports
- Sauk River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report
- Sauk River Watershed Stressor Identification Report
- Sauk River Watershed Stressor Identification Report Summary
- Sauk River Watershed HSPF Model Scenario Report
Strategy development projects
- Our Upper Mississippi River Large River and Basin Restoration and Protection Strategies (wq-ws4-38b)
- Sauk River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies Report (MPCA approval 4/8/2015)
- Sauk River Bacteria and Nutrients TMDL (wq-iw8-47e) (EPA approval 9/26/2017)
- Sauk River Bacteria and Nutrients TMDL: EPA approval letter (wq-iw8-47g)