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.
| ||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 |
| 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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