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MN NRCS Twin Cities

07010206 (MN) Twin Cities

The Twin Cities 8-Digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) subbasin lies almost entirely in the North Central Hardwoods Forest Ecoregion, with a very small portion near the mouth of the watershed lying in the Western Cornbelt Plains Ecoregion. Approximately ninety percent of the 656,990 acres in this HUC are privately owned. The remaining acres are owned by federal, state, or county entities.

Assessment estimates indicate 1,158 Farms in the watershed. Approximately seventy six percent of the operations are less than 180 acres in size, twenty one percent are from 180 to 1000 acres in size, and the remaining farms are greater than 1000 acres in size. Of the 1,074 Operators in the basin, fifty one percent 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 Shoreland / 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

Twin Cities Snapshot 8 Digit Hydrologic Unit Code:  07010206
Drainage Area: 656,990 Acres
Major Basin: Mississippi Basin
Stream Miles: 1,320
2006 303d Stream Miles: 223
Population: 1,833,217
Farm Count: 1,158
Watersheds Upstream: Clearwater-Elk
Lower Minnesota
Watersheds Downstream: Rush Vermillion

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: Twin Cities  (PDF; 12.8MB)

Input from local conservation groups, associations and citizens is a valuable part of the process.  We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.  We encourage you to suggest changes or additions, submit information on watershed based activities or programs, or offer a group for inclusion in the contacts portion of the assessments.

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