Precipitation in the watershed ranges from 19 to 21 inches annually. 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 are known to affect the further reaches of the overall Red River Basin.
The greater Red River Basin characteristically has a poorly defined floodplain and low gradient that combine with extensive drainage, widespread conversion of tallgrass prairie to farmland, and urban/suburban development to leave the basin subject to frequent floods that affect urban and rural infrastructure and agricultural production.
Predominant land uses: row crops (65%), wetlands (15%), forest (10%), grass/pasture/hay (5%), and residential/commercial development (4%). Agriculture accounts for approximately 75% of the overall watershed acres.
The main resource concerns in the watershed are wind erosion, surface water quality, nutrient, wetland and pasture management, water quantity management, and wildlife habitat. Many of the resource concerns relate to flooding and increasing sediment and pollutant loadings to surface waters.
What's being done
Monitoring and assessment
- Two Rivers Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (wq-ws3-09020312)
- Two Rivers Watershed Stressor Identification Report (wq-ws5-09020312a)
- Two Rivers Watershed WRAPS Report (wq-ws4-57a) (MPCA approval 6/10/2019)
- Summary - Two Rivers Watershed WRAPS Report (wq-ws-57b)
- Two Rivers Watershed TMDL Report (wq-iw5-14e) (EPA approval 6/27/2019)
- Two Rivers Watershed TMDL: EPA approval letter (wq-iw5-14g)