In 2003, the MPCA, Cottonwood County, and HLWD made the determination that it was in the best interests of both local organizations to conduct a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study in partnership. Initial efforts were conducted through a Clean Water Partnership Grant. In 2005, Barr Engineering was hired to write the TMDL Report. EPA approved the TMDL assessment in December 2008. Section 2 of this plan summarizes the findings of the TMDL assessment. To meet the water quality goals, a 10 percent to 86 percent reduction in bacteria, a 20 percent to 90 percent reduction in turbidity, and a 79 percent reduction in phosphorus is needed. The full report can be found online at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/tmdl/projectwestforkdesmoines. html.
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