Manomin Creek

Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)

Bibliography for the Upper/Lower Red Lake WRAPS

A bibliography has been compiled of studies and reports relating to water quality in the Upper/Lower Red Lake Watershed. Please click on the link below to see the bibliography. Direct hyperlinks to PDFs of the studies are referenced within the bibliography.

Public Meetings Scheduled for Fall 2016

The public meetings for the Upper/Lower Red Lake WRAPS have been scheduled. These will be an open house format; there is no need to attend the entire two-hour session. Please come when it works best for you. Cookies and refreshments will be served.

Open house format means representatives from various agencies will be in attendance at the Kelliher meeting to have one-on-one conversations to provide you with more information on the status of the biological community data, water chemistry, stream channel stability, geomorphology, and modeling status and general modeling information from the watershed.

Red Lake DNR Water Resources staff will provide this information and opportunities for one-on-one conversation at the Ponemah and Red Lake meetings.

North Beltrami Community Center

220 Main St. E, Kelliher, MN

Tuesday, October 11th from 5-7 pm

Ponemah Boys & Girls Club/Community Center

Wednesday, October 12th from 5-7 pm

 Red Lake DNR 

Thursday, October 13th from 5-7 pm

For additional information or questions about these meetings, please contact Kayla Bowe at the Red Lake DNR: 218-679-1607 or

Upper/Lower Red Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy

Red Lake DNR Water Resources

The Upper/Lower Red Lake Watershed covers 1,263,678 acres and contains the largest waterbody within the state (Red Lake). The watershed extends from as far east as Northome to the western shores of Lower Red Lake, south as far as Puposky and Blackduck Lakes, and just north of Upper Red Lake.

The Red Lake DNR Water Resources Program is leading a watershed-wide study to identify and address threats to water quality not only on the Red Lake Reservation but throughout the Upper/Lower Red Lake Watershed. This study is funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) but will include many partners throughout the watershed such as Beltrami SWCD, Red Lake Watershed District, and local governments.

Through this process, the program has begun more intensive water quality sampling of some of the Reservation’s streams and those feeding into Red Lake from off the Reservation. Some of the Reservation streams include the Red Lake River, Sandy River, Pike Creek, Big Rock Creek, Mud River, Hay Creek, Blackduck River, and Manomin Creek. Over the next two years, physical parameters (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and conductivity) will be recorded more frequently along with nutrient sampling and flow monitoring on these streams.

This project also assesses the biotic integrity (health of fish, plants, and aquatic macroinvertebrates) of the waters and physical characteristics including land use, topography, soils, and pollution sources. From the data gathered, we will determine which waterbodies are meeting water quality standards. Waterbodies that are not meeting standards are identified as impaired and studies are completed to identify what needs to be done to clean up that water body. Additionally, waterbodies that are at risk of being impaired have protection strategies developed. The final phase of a WRAPS is to conduct restoration and protection projects throughout the watershed.

The Water Resources Program will be hosting a public meeting sometime in the next year to provide more information regarding the WRAPS process and to seek input or concerns from Tribal members on water quality of Reservation waters.

 Sandy River