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.

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)