The Vermillion River Watershed, which is a subwatershed in the Mississippi River – Lake Pepin 8 digit Hydrologic Unit (HUC) is located in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. It is an approximately 364 square mile watershed in Scott, Dakota and Goodhue Counties. The watershed drains to the Vermillion River and ultimately the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 3 northwest of Red Wing, Minnesota. The Vermillion Watershed has one river turbidity impairment; 12 river/stream bacteria impairments; and nutrient impairments for two lakes, Alimagnet and East Lake. Agricultural runoff, stormwater runoff and stream bank erosion are having negative effects on the watershed's water quality. Agricultural and livestock activities and urban development in the watershed have resulted in runoff that carries excess phosphorus, sediment, and bacteria into bodies of water that degrades water quality and is harmful to aquatic life. The intent of this Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) report was to develop a scientifically-based restoration and protection strategy for the Vermillion River Watershed. This WRAPS summarizes past efforts to monitor water quality, identifies impaired water bodies and those in need of protection, and identifies strategies for restoring and protecting water quality in the watershed. The strategies included in this report target point and non-point sources of pollution and include reducing streambank erosion, reducing in-lake nutrients, and improving stormwater management to help improve water quality in the watershed. In June of 2017, this WRAPS report was updated to include additional strategies to improve the management of urban drainage, reduce sediment, and reduce runoff volume. These new strategies can be found in the strategies tables in section 3.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency