The region has a poorly defined flood plain and low gradient. This combines 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.
What's being done
Intensive watershed monitoring and stressor identification field work is complete and the finished reports are available below. A watershed restoration and protection strategy report (WRAPS) and TMDL study have been completed.
Monitoring and assessment
- Upper Red River of the North Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report
- Upper Red River Stressor Identification Report (wq-ws5-09020104a.pdf)
Strategy development for restoration and protection
- Upper Red River of the North Watershed WRAPS report (wq-ws4-36a) (MPCA approved on 12/22/2017)
- Summary - Upper Red River of the North WRAPS Report (wq-ws4-36b)
- Upper Red River of the North Watershed TMDL Report (wq-iw5-09e) (EPA approval 1/25/2018)
- Upper Red River of the North Watershed TMDL: EPA approval letter (wq-iw5-09g)