Each major watershed in Minnesota has unique attributes that influence health conditions. Watershed reports summarize and deliver key findings that are important for understanding health conditions and for reviewing health scores.
Watershed Context Reports
The Watershed Context Reports provide a consistent overview of ecological and human systems in each of the 81 major watersheds in Minnesota. By reviewing this information, you may discover conditions that influence watershed health, increase or decrease sensitivity to risks, show the distribution of human infrastructure, and reveal population trends. This context will help you interpret and address health challenges facing the watershed.
The Watershed Context Reports are designed as a companion document for exploring watershed health with the interactive map. Each report highlights physical characteristics of the area, landscape alterations and human aspects, such as population and infrastructure. An appendix of GIS data sources is also available.
Watershed Health Report Cards
The Watershed Health Assessment Framework uses scores to compare the health of ecological systems across Minnesota. The Watershed Health Report Cards deliver a summary of those health scores for each of the 81 major watersheds in the state.
The Watershed Health Report Cards are designed as a companion document for exploring watershed health with the interactive map. It is important to view scores together with other data and across spatial scales to more fully explore health patterns.