Final Kettle River and Upper St. Croix River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Report

The Kettle River and Upper St. Croix River watersheds contain approximately 1,700 miles of streams and rivers. Of these, 115 miles are designated as trout streams and 66 miles are considered exceptional use waters. There are 126 lakes larger than 10 acres located throughout both watersheds. Of these lakes, 17 produce wild rice, a unique resource that Minnesota produces more of than any other state. There are also two lakes (Hanging Horn and Little Hanging Horn) that are designated as cisco refuge lakes, and one lake, Grindstone Lake, that is a coldwater fishery for its ability to support lake trout populations. Fifty-seven of the 78 stream/river reaches that were assessed were found to fully support aquatic life, and 8 streams fully support aquatic recreation. Twenty streams do not support aquatic life and/or recreation, a majority of which (16 reaches) are in the Kettle River Watershed. Of those, 13 do not support aquatic life and seven do not support aquatic recreation. The streams that do not support recreation are all located in the Kettle River Watershed and show chronically elevated bacteria concentrations. This Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) document is meant to serve as a foundation of technical information that can be used to assist in development of tools and prioritization of water quality efforts by local governments, landowners, and other stakeholder groups. The information can be used to determine what strategies will be best to make improvements and protect good quality water resources, as well as focus those strategies to targeted locations.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (St. Paul, Minnesota)
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