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High Island Creek Watershed

High Island Creek

The High Island Creek Watershed is located in south central Minnesota and is a part of the Lower Minnesota Watershed, a major sub-basin of the Minnesota River Basin. High Island Creek Watershed spreads out across 153,222 acres in three counties: Sibley (66% area), McLeod (23%), and Renville (11%). Its topography is flat to gently rolling in the western two-thirds of the watershed and steeply sloped in the eastern one-third. High Island Creek Watershed is considered by many water experts as one of the most polluted watersheds in the Minnesota River Basin, suffering from high levels of fecal coliform bacteria, total phosphorus, nitrate-nitrite nitrogen, and total suspended solids. The High Island Creek Watershed Project is currently working towards reducing levels of phosphorus within the watershed by offering a diverse selection of cost share incentives along with a number of workshops/field days. Current practices available include open intake alternatives, buffer strips, and cover crops.





Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Designated County Holidays
Sibley County Court House 
400 Court Ave P.O. Box 1051
Gaylord, MN 55334
 (Located on second floor within
Environmental Services )
Coleton Draeger
Watershed Projects Coordinator

(507) 237-4050
Ron Otto
Watershed Technician
(507) 237-5435 ex.105
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