Cannon River Watershed  – Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)

The Cannon River Watershed WRAPS has been approved as of 10/20/16! Thanks to all our neighbors who participated, attended meetings and gave feedback.


Background: Minnesota has adopted a watershed approach to gauge the health of lakes and streams in the state’s 81 major watersheds. This approach looks at a drainage area as a whole instead of focusing on lakes and stream sections one at a time.

This watershed approach incorporates the following into a 10-year cycle:

1. Monitoring water bodies and collecting data on water chemistry and biology. This monitoring started in the Cannon River Watershed in 2011.

2. Assessing the data to determine which waters are impaired, which conditions are stressing water quality, and which factors are fostering healthy waters. This assessment started in the Cannon in 2013-’14.

3. Developing strategies to restore and protect the watershed’s water bodies, and report them in a document called Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS).

4. Implementing restoration and protection projects in the watershed.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) leads the technical work and coordinates and supports strategy development with local partners such as the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. The main purpose of the WRAPS report is to summarize all the technical information so that local partners like Soil and Water Conservation Districts can use it for planning and implement the best strategies in prioritized locations.

The WRAPS process will involves input from state agencies, local units of government, stakeholder groups and YOU!

Stakeholder input meetings were completed from July 2015 – February 2016.





Overview of WRAPS and meeting Agenda

Cannon WRAPS kickoff meeting MPCA slides 060915


Round 1 of Lobe meetings – July 14th & 15th

Round 1 Lobe Work Sessions Agenda

Notes from July Lobe meetings

Lobe Summaries



StraightRiverWatershedLobe Summary_072015



Middle Cannon Lobe Modeling_July 2015

Middle Lobe Pollutant Sources Discussion

Lower Cannonn Modeling_July 2015

Lower Lobe Pollutant Sources Discussion

Straight River Lobe Modeling

Straigh Lobe Pollutant Sources Discussion

Upper Cannon Lobe Modeling_July 2015

Upper Lobe Pollutant Sources Discussion

Cannon Point Source Draft Scenarios_July 2015

September 29th & 30th Lobe Meetings

Lobe Meeting Agenda_September 29 and 30 2015

WRAPS Sept Lobe Work Session Materials

Link to Nutrient BMP Tool (U of M Website)

Lower Cannon Lobe Meeting Notes_092915

Middle Cannon Lobe Meeting_092915

Straight River Lobe Meeting_093015

Upper Cannon Lobe Meeting Notes_093015

Municipalities Meeting – Nov 23, 2015

Agenda_Nov 23

Cannon wastewater scenarios

Cannon MS4s

Wellhead Protection in Cannon River Watershed

Round 3 Lobe Meetings – December 2nd & 3rd

Round 3 Lobe Meetings Agenda


Review and Summary (Wotzka)

Zonation Summary (Radomski)

DNR Protection Considerations Lower Lobe

DNR Protection Considerations Middle Lobe

DNR Protection Considerations Upper Lobe

DNR Protection Considerations Straight River Lobe


R3 – Lower Lobe Notes_120215

R3 – Middle Cannon Lobe Notes_120215

R3 – Upper Lobe Notes_120315

R3 – StraightRiver Lobe Notes_120315

Finale Meeting – February 17, 2016

Agenda Feb 17th

Review of Information

One Watershed One Plan CRWP



Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet_Cannon_MonitorAssessSummary


Web Sites

Cannon River Watershed Management Strategy (2011)  (CRWP Website)

Cannon River Watershed Page  (MPCA Website)

Watershed Approach  (MPCA Website)

Cannon River Watershed Stressor Identification Report – October 2015  (MPCA Website)

Nutrient BMP Tool (University of Minnesota Website)


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