The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has adopted a new method of evaluating Minnesota’s waters from individual lakes and stream segments to a watershed approach. Hubbard County SWCD is comprised of three different watersheds, the Crow Wing River, the Leech Lake River, and the Mississippi River (Headwaters).
The Crow Wing River Watershed and Restoration Protection Strategy (WRAPS) was completed in 2015. As a result of the intensive monitoring, MPCA determined that 1st Crow Wing Lake, 8th Crow Wing Lake, Portage Lake and segments of the Straight River did not meet the standards and are listed as impaired. For more information visit the MPCA’s website at www.mpca.state.mn.us. Click on Water, then click on Watersheds and select the watershed you’re interested in.
The Leech Lake River Watershed WRAP is in the fourth year of the program and will be finalized in 2018. In this phase, management zones have been identified and the Watershed Restoration and Protection Report is starting to be developed.