The report presents a strategies table that estimates the total changes necessary for all monitored waters to be restored and protected. A strategies table that estimates how each watershed can meet its 10-year targets is also presented. Seventy-five percent of land use in Minnesota's portion of the Lac qui Parle River Watershed is cultivated crops. Therefore, the largest opportunity for water quality improvement is from this land use. However, all land uses should make improvements to help restore and protect waters. Restoration depends on greater adoption of best management practices (BMPs), including the following high priority practices: grassed waterways, reduced tillage, cover crops, improved fertilizer and manure management, increased crop diversity, buffers, and improved pasture management. The means to restore and protect the watershed (i.e. the strategies) are fairly well understood. However, challenges with political boundaries (Minnesota-South Dakota border) could hamper restoration efforts. The Lac qui Parle River Watershed needs to develop working groups with its partners Lac qui Parle River WRAPS Report Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 9 in South Dakota to develop protection and restoration approaches within the whole watershed and ensure many sources of pollutants are reduced and managed.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (St. Paul, Minnesota)
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