Water Quality Monitoring Reports

The VBWD Managers routinely assess whether water bodies are meeting the VBWD’s water quality goals. The type of monitoring conducted for a water body varies according to the classification the VBWD has assigned to it. The VBWD monitors the water quality and habitat of the major basins within the VBWD to detect changes in the water quality and habitat over time, thereby determining the effect of changing land use patterns in the watershed and the effectiveness of the VBWD’s efforts to preserve/improve water quality. The water quality monitoring program and results are listed below.


What is a WRAPS Report?
The State of Minnesota has adopted a “watershed approach” to address the state’s 80 “major” watersheds (denoted by 8-digit hydrologic unit code or HUC). This watershed approach incorporates water quality assessment, watershed analysis, civic engagement, planning, implementation, and measurement of results into a 10-year cycle that addresses both restoration and protection. As part of the watershed approach, waters not meeting state standards are still listed as impaired and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies are performed, as they have been in the past, but in addition the watershed approach process facilitates a more cost-effective and comprehensive characterization of multiple water bodies and overall watershed health. A key aspect of this effort is to develop and utilize watershed-scale models and other tools to help state agencies, local governments and other watershed stakeholders determine how to best proceed with restoring and protecting lakes and streams. This report summarizes past assessment and diagnostic work and outlines ways to prioritize actions and strategies for continued implementation.

The VBWD WRAP Report

Valley Creek Water Quality Summary

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