Major Watershed Reports

Each major watershed in Minnesota has unique attributes that influence health conditions. Major Watershed reports summarize and deliver key findings important for understanding health conditions and for reviewing health scores.

The reports are designed for use with the interactive map. It is important to view scores with other data and across spatial scales to fully explore health patterns.

Open Application Use Guides for more information on how to use the WHAF map.


Watershed context reports

View of the watershed context report.

An overview of ecological and human systems is depicted in each of the 81 major watersheds in Minnesota.

Each report highlights physical characteristics of the area. These include landscape alterations, population trends and infrastructure, and other conditions that influence watershed health and affect sensitivity to risks. The Watershed Context Report Appendix contains a collection of links that load the data from each context report page in the WHAF 2.0 interactive map.

Watershed Context Reports »
Watershed Context Report Appendix-Map Links »


Climate summary for watersheds

View of the watershed climate summary.

Major watersheds

Historic climate trends are depicted in maps and charts that highlight the difference between current climate trends and the historic climate record.

Major Watershed Climate Summaries »



Statewide climate history and trends provide a context for understanding the Major Watershed Summaries. Animated maps demonstrate changes in climate parameters over time. 

Statewide Climate Summaries »
Animated Maps »


Supplemental information

Important climate observations help interpret the maps and charts for each Watershed. 

Supplemental Climate Summary Information »


Major Watershed health report cards

View of the watershed health report

Scores compare the health of ecological systems across Minnesota and deliver a summary of health scores for each of the 81 major watersheds in the state.

Watershed Health Report Cards Overview »
Watershed Health Report Cards »

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