Missouri River Watershed Needs Your Input
In 2013, a national water quality survey done by the U.S. EPA found that 55% of the nation’s rivers and streams were in poor biological condition. Nearly 75% of Minnesotans depend on groundwater for their primary source of drinking water. Whether nationally or locally, water is highly valued for its many uses. The Missouri River Watershed One Watershed, One Plan is giving you a voice in managing our local water resources. They will be holding two public kick-off events for you to voice your opinion and vote on what water resources matter to you.
The goal of this group is to develop a comprehensive plan that will address water management within the Missouri River Watershed. This watershed drains the southwestern portion of Murray County, west of the Buffalo Ridge, including the city of Chandler, MN. It also drains part or all of Lincoln, Pipestone, Rock, Nobles, and Jackson counties. Local landowner input is critical to the development of a successful plan so everyone is invited to attend.
Within Murray County, 27 streams have been assessed for impairment and all have been designated as impaired. Impairments include nutrients/eutrophication, turbidity, fecal coliform and bioassessments of aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish and plants. Both Chanarambie and Champepedan creeks within the watershed are listed on Minnesota’s Impaired Waters list as being impaired for turbidity and fecal coliform. Turbidity is a measure of how cloudy the water is and at high levels can make the water unsuitable for recreation or aquatic life. Fecal coliform is an indicator of the possible presence of pathogens and at high levels can make users ill. The Missouri River Watershed One Watershed, One Plan is looking for your input in determining how these waters will be managed for future generations.
The public kick-off events will be held on:
- Tuesday, August 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hickory Lodge at 2015 N. Humiston Ave, Worthington, MN.
- Wednesday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pipestone Ambulance Services building at 811 5th Street SE, Pipestone, MN.
Come out to ask questions and tell us what water resources are important to you.
Your local County Environmental Services, Soil & Water Conservation District and Watershed District employees will be present to answer your water resource questions. Additional information is available on the Nobles Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.noblesswcd.org/one-watershed-one-plan.