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MN NRCS Snake River

09020309 (MN) Snake River

The Snake River 8-Digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) subbasin is part of the Red River Basin in northwestern Minnesota. The watershed occurs in the Glacial Lake Agassiz Plains ecoregion. Soils at the mouth of the watershed are clayey soils of the lake plain. Moving eastward, soils are black, limey, clayey soils in the central part of the watershed, and sandy soils in the eastern headwaters of the watershed.

The greater Red River basin characteristically has a poorly defined floodplain and low gradient that combine with extensive drainage, widespread conversion of tallgrass prairie to farmland, and urban/suburban development to leave the basin subject to frequent floods that affect urban and rural infrastructure and agricultural production.

The main resource concerns in the watershed are wind erosion, surface water quality, nutrient, wetland and pasture management, water quantity management, and wildlife habitat. Many of the resource concerns relate to flooding and increasing sediment and pollutant loadings to surface waters.

Watershed Overview

8 Digit Hydrologic Unit Code:  09020309
Drainage Area: 624,422 Acres
Major Basin: Red River Basin
Stream Miles: 787.5
2008 303d Stream Miles: 146.6
Population: 6,522
Farm Count: 746
Watersheds Upstream: None
Watersheds Downstream: Grand Marais-Red

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: Snake River  (PDF; 1.6 MB)

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