What? A water quality project to clean up the
Where? The Rock River Watershed.
When? The project started in 2006 and is ongoing.
Why? The Rock River has been listed by
MPCA (MN Pollution Control Agency) as an impaired water for
recreation and aquatic life. The impairments are bacteria
How did this happen?
Possible contributors of bacteria can be:
- Failing septic systems, feedlot runoff, land application of
manure, urban runoff and wildlife.
Possible contributors of turbidity can be:
- Soil erosion from fields, eroding stream banks and gullies,
urban runoff, flooding and high flow rates.
What has been done so far? A report was developed and
approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
documenting potential sources of pollution. A group
of local, state and federal staff and an Advisory Committee
formed of local producers, agronomists and citizens developed
and implementation plan to address the impairments.
Now what? Grants have been awarded to assist in making
improvements to the water quality of the Rock River.
Upcoming meetings and newsletters will provide information.
For further information click the link below:
Rock River TMDL Project