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Rush River Watershed

 Rush RiverThe Rush River Watershed (RRW) is a rural watershed in south central  Minnesota that drains 257,770 acres (403 square miles) in three counties: Sibley (74% of area), Nicollet (24% of area) and McLeod (2% of area). The RRW comprises 22% of the total land area of the Lower Minnesota River watershed, a sub-basin of the Minnesota River Basin. The population of the RRW is estimated at 9,010 people, with 55% percent of the population living in the municipalities of Gaylord, Gibbon, Lafayette, and Winthrop. There are three branches of the Rush River: the north, middle and south branches. All three branches drain into the main stem of the Rush River south of Henderson, MN. The combined stream length of all three branches and the main stem is 50 miles. In addition, there are 500 miles of public open ditches, several miles of public and private tile lines and an estimated 7,000 open tile intakes providing drainage within the watershed. Land use in the RRW is predominantly agrarian, with 90% of the watershed acreage utilized for producing crops such as corn, soybeans, small grain and forage. The RRW is suffering from high levels of fecal coliform bacteria, total phosphorus, nitrate+nitrite-nitrogen, and total suspended solids. The RRW 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 SWCD Holidays
Sibley County Soil & Water Conservation
District Office
111 - 6th Street, P.O. Box 161
Gaylord, MN 55334

Ron Otto
Watershed Technician
(507) 702-7077


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