Related Links

RELATED WEB LINKS 

About Watersheds

National:
EPA Surf Your Watershed – Pick your watershed off a map:
www.epa.gov/surf
CTIC – Learn about your watershed:
ctic.purdue.edu/kyw/kyw.html
Center for Watershed Protection:
www.cwp.org
State:
Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide – watershed fact sheet:
www.shorelandmanagement.
org/quick/w.html


Maps

National:
USGS – Order topographic maps online
mapping.usgs.gov/esic/to_order.html
State:
MN DNR – Minnesota watershed maps online
www.dnr.state.mn.us/watersheds/
map.html

Land Management Information Center – GIS clearinghouse for MN
www.lmic.state.mn.us/
Region:
RESAC – Remote sensing for the Upper Midwest mapping water Clarity via satellite imagery
resac.gis.umn.edu

 

Ecoregions and Biomes

State:
MN Pollution Control Agency – Ecoregion information and typical water Chemistry values for lakes and streams in 4 MN ecoregions:
www.pca.state.mn.us/water/
lakeacro.html

MN DNR – Ecological land types, pre-settlement vegetation, MN biomes:
www.dnr.state.mn.us/
biomes/index.html

MN Shoreland Management Resource Guide – Ecoregions fact sheet:
www.shorelandmanagement.org/
quick/ei.html

Geology and Soils

State:
MN Geological Survey – Fact sheets and maps of bedrock geology, glacial history, etc.
talc.geo.umn.edu/mgs/ Education/edmatrls.htm
UM Extension Service – Publication on MN soils, state soils maps, and background
www.extension.umn.edu/
distribution/cropsystems/DC2331.html


Climate and Land Use

State:
MN State Climatology Office – data on long-term patterns, Weather predictions for MN
www.climate.umn.edu
Region:
NOAA North Central River Forecast Center
www.crh.noaa.gov/ncfc


Population

State:
MN State Demographer – population totals, census 2000 Data, predictive outlooks by county for MN
www.mnplan.state.mn.us/
demography


Nonpoint Source Pollution

National:
EPA – Nonpoint source pollution program
www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS
NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) – Educational Program for land use decision-makers
www.nemo.uconn.edu
State:
MN Shoreland Management Resource Guide – Fact sheet on nonpoint source pollution
www.shorelandmanagement.org/
quick/nps.html

MN Erosion Control Association (MECA)
www.mnerosion.org/


Shoreland Regulations

State:
MN Department of Health – Fish consumption advisories
www.health.state.mn.us/
divs/eh/fish/index.html

MN Shoreland Management Resource Guide – Fact sheet on shoreland regulations, including who to contact
www.shorelandmanagement.
org/quick/sp.html

MN PCA – TMDL regulations and locations
www.pca.state.mn.us/water/
tmdl.html

MN PCA – Rules and regulations for water
www.pca.state.mn.us/water/
water_rulesregs.html

MN DNR – Water related permits
www.dnr.state.mn.us/permits/
water/index.html

MN PCA – Main index for MN PCA water programs
www.pca.state.mn.us/
water/index.html

Local:
Lake Access – Data/information – NPS issues and lakes in the Twin Cities Metro Area
www.lakeaccess.org


Rivers and River Data

State:
USGS – Information and data on MN streams, especially flow data
mn.usgs.gov
MN PCA – information on MN streams, including monitoring and conditions
www.pca.state.mn.us/water/
streamsrivers.html

MN DNR – MN protected waters
www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/
watermgmt_section/pwi/maps.html

(download maps)
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/
watermgmt_section/pwi/download.html

Rivers Council of Minnesota – A nonprofit dedicated to protecting MN rivers
www.riversmn.org


Wetlands

State:
MN DNR – Wetland functions and values, regulations
www.dnr.state.mn.us/wetlands/
index.html

MN Board of Water and Soil Resources – Wetland Conservation Act, regulations and programs
www.bwsr.state.mn.us/wetlands/
index.html


Lakes and Lake Data

National:
EPA – Clean Lakes Program
www.epa.gov/OWOW/LAKES
Water on the Web – Lake and river ecology test, lake date, curriculum
www.waterontheweb.org
North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)
www.nalms.org
Regional:
Wisconsin Lakes Association – Lake and shoreland management
www.wisconsinlakes.org
State:
MN Lakes Association – Nonprofit focused on protecting MN lakes, lots of good information, bibliography
mnlakes.org
MN DNR – Lake Finder – learn about specific MN lakes, including Maps, fish stocking and surveys, water quality, fish consumption advisories, etc.
www.dnr.state.mn.us/
lakefind/index.html

MN PCA – Water quality data/conditions of MN lakes and rivers
www.pca.state.mn.us/
data/eda/index.cfm

MN PCA – Information on MN lakes, including monitoring
www.pca.state.mn.us/
water/lake.html

U of M Water Resources Center and Remote Sensing Laboratory – Information on lake clarity in MN
www.water.umn.edu
MN DNR – MN protected waters
www.dnr.state.mn.us/
waters/watermgmt_section/pwi/maps.html

(download maps)
www.dnr.state.mn.us/
waters/watermgmt_section/pwi/download.html


Acquatic Invasive Species

National:
Acquatic Nuisance Species Task Force
www.anstaskforce.gov
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
plants.ifas.ufl.edu/
National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse
www.cce.cornell.edu/
aquaticinvaders/nan_id.cfm

National Invasive Species Advisory Council
www.invasivespecies.gov/
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (information and maps)
cars.er.usgs.gov/Nonindigenous_ Species/nonindigenous_species.html
Protect Your Waters
www.protectyourwaters.net
Sea Grant Non-Indigenous Species (sgnis)
www.sgnis.org
US Geological Survey Nonindigenous Species
nas.er.usgs.gov/
Regional:
Great Lakes Sea Grant Net Work
www.greatlakesseagrant.org/
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)
www.glifwc.org/epicenter/
Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)
www.great-lakes.net/envt/
flora-fauna/invasive/invasive.html

State:
Minnesota DNR
www.dnr.state.mn.us/
ecological_services/invasives/index.html

U of M Sea Grant Program
www.seagrant.umn.edu


Managing Shoreland and Acquatic Plants and Animals

National:
US Fish and Wildlife Service
www.fws.gov
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
plants.ifas.ufl.edu/
Aquatic Plant Management Society
www.apms.org/
Home*A*syst – Environment protection guidance for homeowners
www.uwex.edu/homeasyst
The Low Impact Development Center, Inc. – Balancing growth with the environment
www.lowimpactdevelopment.org
Next Step – Taking the next step toward a sustainable future
www.nextstep.state.mn.us/index.cfm
Aquatic Nuisance Species – Protect Your Waters
www.protectyourwaters.net
Aquatic Nuisance Species – ANS Task Force information
www.cce.cornell.edu/
programs/nansc/nan_id.cfm

Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site
www.sgnis.org
Regional:
WI Shorelands – Landscaping for water quality and wildlife habitat
www.uwex.edu/ces/shoreland
State:
UM Extension Service – Fact sheets on shoreland revegetation
www.extension.umn.edu/
distribution/naturalresources//
DD7357.html

UM Extension Service – Managing aquatic plants
www.extension.umn.edu/
distribution/horticulture/DG6955.html

UM Sea Grant – Exotic plant and animal identification guidance, information, and spread prevention
www.seagrant.umn.edu/
exotics/index.html

MN DNR – Exotic species information
www.dnr.state.mn.us/
ecological_services/invasives/index.html


Other Good Places to Check for Shoreland Information

National:
US Fish and Wildlife Service
www.fws.gov
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
plants.ifas.ufl.edu/
Aquatic Plant Management Society
www.apms.org/
Home*A*syst – Environment protection guidance for homeowners
www.uwex.edu/homeasyst
The Low Impact Development Center, Inc. – Balancing growth with the environment
www.lowimpactdevelopment.org
Next Step – Taking the next step toward a sustainable future
www.nextstep.state.mn.us/
index.cfm

Aquatic Nuisance Species – Protect Your Waters
www.protectyourwaters.net
Aquatic Nuisance Species – ANS Task Force information
www.cce.cornell.edu/
programs/nansc/nan_id.cfm

Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site
www.sgnis.org
Regional:
WI Shorelands – Landscaping for water quality and wildlife habitat
www.uwex.edu/ces/shoreland
State:
UM Extension Service – Fact sheets on shoreland revegetation
www.extension.umn.edu/
distribution/naturalresources//DD7357.html

UM Extension Service – Managing aquatic plants
www.extension.umn.edu/
distribution/horticulture/DG6955.html

UM Sea Grant – Exotic plant and animal identification guidance, information, and spread prevention
www.seagrant.umn.edu/
exotics/index.html

MN DNR – Exotic species information
www.dnr.state.mn.us/
ecological_services/invasives/index.html