St. Louis River Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAPS) Project - Phase 2

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$165,599
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Tetra Tech Inc
Recipient Type
For-Profit Business/Entity
Status
In Progress
Start Date
October 2016
End Date
December 2017
Activity Type
Assessment/Evaluation
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Carlton
Itasca
Lake
St. Louis
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$165,599
Number of full time equivalents funded
.6
Project Overview

The St. Louis River watershed is one of the largest watersheds in northern Minnesota and the largest single contributing watershed to Lake Superior. Surface waters are abundant with 353 lakes and 97 streams segments. Large areas of forest and wetlands help to sustain areas of exceptional water quality. However, land use changes have degraded many lakes, rivers, and streams. 21 stream reaches have aquatic life impairments, as identified by high turbidity (1 reach), poor quality aquatic macro-invertebrate community (16 reaches), and/or poor quality fish community (12 reaches). 14 stream reaches have aquatic recreation impairments due to high concentrations of Escherichia coli. 7 lakes have aquatic recreation impairments as identified by eutrophication indicators. There are many lakes and streams that meet water quality standards and will be considered for protection measures. This project will complete the associated Total Maximum Daily Load and Watershed Restoration and Protection for the St. Louis River Watershed.

Project Details

St. Louis River Watershed

Project Manager
First Name
Mike
Last Name
Kennedy
Organization Name
MPCA
Street Address
525 S Lake Ave Ste 400
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55802
Phone
(218) 302-6629