Success Spotlight: Credit River
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Credit River in Minnesota.
Runoff from urban and agricultural areas led to excess sedimentation and turbidity in Credit River. As a result, in 2002, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency added the river to the state's list of impaired waters for failing to support aquatic life. Watershed partners worked with private landowners to stabilize stream banks and ravines, thereby reducing erosion and sediment runoff. Several cities in the watershed also implemented nonpoint source pollution control projects, such as rain gardens, to reduce urban runoff.
Through a combination of stormwater discharge regulations, innovative low impact development projects and capital improvement programs, city, township, state and federal partners removed excess turbidity, prompting Minnesota to remove Credit River from its list of impaired waters in 2012.
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Source: US EPA