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MN NRCS Rum (Wahkon) River

07010207 (MN) Rum (Wahkon) River

The Rum (Wahkon) River 8-Digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) subbasin is located in Minnesota’s Northern Lakes and Forests Ecoregion and the North Central Hardwoods Forest Ecoregion. Approximately ninety one percent of the 997,060 acres in this HUC are privately owned. The remaining acres are owned by county, federal, state or tribal entities.

Assessment estimates indicate 2,153 Farms in the watershed. Approximately sixty nine percent of the operations are less than 180 acres in size, twenty nine percent are from 180 to 1000 acres in size, and the remaining farms are greater than 1000 acres in size. Of the 2,134 operators in the basin, 52% are full time producers not reliant on off farm income.

The main resource concerns in the watershed are Soil Quality, Surface/drinking Water Quality, Nutrient / Animal Waste Management, Stormwater Management, Sediment and Erosion Control, Groundwater Protection, Water quality and Quantity, and Protection of Shoreline / Riparian Areas.

Many of the resource concerns relate directly to agricultural practices and increased development in the region, resulting in fragmentation and increased sediment and pollutant (mercury, PCBs, excess nutrients) loadings to surface waters.

Watershed Overview

Rum River Watershed 8 Digit Hydrologic Unit Code:  07010207
Drainage Area: 997,060 Acres
Major Basin: Mississippi Basin
Stream Miles: 1.656
2006 303d Stream Miles: 156.5
Population: 110,366
Farm Count: 2,153
Watersheds Upstream: None
Watersheds Downstream: Twin Cities

To view the full Resource Profile for the subbasin select the link below and follow the instructions for downloading. If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Peter Mead at (218) 346-4260.

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Resource Profile: Rum (Wahkon)  (PDF; 6.5MB)

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