Watershed Studies

One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) (2017-2019)

The MN Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) is spearheading a project for all Minnesota watersheds called One Watershed One Plan. This project will build off of previous studies like the WRAPs plan, Cass County water plan and others. This project will have funding available to complete some of the tasks identified in the new 1W1P plan.

See the Cass County web site for more information: Leech Lake 1W1P


Watershed Restoration and Protection

The MPCA employs a watershed approach to restoring and protecting Minnesota's rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Money to accelerate efforts to monitor, assess, and restore impaired waters, and to protect unimpaired waters was funded by the Minnesota’s Clean Water Legacy Act.

There are 80 major watersheds in Minnesota. Intensive water quality monitoring and assessments will be conducted in each of these watersheds every 10 years. The Leech Lake Watershed is just wrapping up its 4 year study.

Please see the following link for more information on the process:


The MPCA is just wrapping up its study of the Leech Lake Watershed.

Assessment Report:

The final version of the Leech Lake River Monitoring & Assessment report is now available.

Stressor Report:

The Stressor Identification report is also available.

Final WRAPS Report for Leech Lake Watershed:

The final Watershed Restoration & Protection Strategy (WRAPS) report is now available.

Additional information on watersheds on the MN PCA site: