Final Wild Rice River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Report

The Wild Rice River Watershed (WRRW), 8-digit hydrologic unit code (HUC-8) 09020108, encompasses approximately 1,636 square miles in northwestern Minnesota and is one of the most hydrologically and ecologically diverse tributaries of the Red River of the North Basin (HUC-4 0902). The watershed lies within six counties (listed in order of the percentage of watershed area): Mahnomen (32%), Norman (28%), Becker (13%), Clay (13%), Clearwater (13%), and Polk (<1%). Despite the large surface area of the watershed, the population density is low (21.2 residents per square mile). Approximately 76% of the land is privately owned, 18% is publicly owned, and 6% is owned by the White Earth Nation (NRCS, 2007). The eastern half of the watershed is located within the White Earth Reservation, a Tribal reservation that was established by treaty in 1867.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (St. Paul, Minnesota)
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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