Cedar River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Report

Minnesota has adopted a "watershed approach" to address water quality within the state's 80 major watersheds. The watershed approach follows a 10-year cycle where water bodies are 1) monitored for chemistry and biology and assessed to determine if they are fishable and swimmable, 2) pollutants and stressors and their sources are identified, and then local partners and citizens are engaged to help 3) develop strategies to restore and protect water bodies, and 4) plan and implement restoration and protection projects. The Cedar River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Report (Report) summarizes work done in Steps 1 - 3 above in this first cycle of the Watershed Approach in the Cedar River Watershed (CRW). The CRW area drains 454,029 acres and is part of the greater Cedar – Iowa Rivers system, which drains to the Mississippi River in Iowa. Located in Southeast Minnesota, the CRW covers portions of Dodge, Freeborn, Mower, and Steele Counties. Land use in the watershed is dominated by cultivated crops with 88% of the acreage used for agricultural purposes. Livestock production is prevalent in the watershed with 135,556 animal units (AUs) located within the watershed. Swine is the dominant livestock species, making up approximately 80% of the total AUs. The condition monitoring, trend analysis and field investigations that comprise a foundation of this document are detailed in Chapters 1 and 2. Overall, streams and lake monitoring and assessment show mixed results of the water quality in the CRW.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (St. Paul, Minnesota)
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