Watershed Health Assessment Framework

aerial imagery of Rochester Minnesota and surrounding lands

The Watershed Health Assessment Framework (WHAF) provides an organized approach for exploring natural and human communities as they continuously exchange material, energy, organisms and information. The WHAF can reveal patterns of ecological health from multiple viewpoints, encourage information sharing and collaboration, and foster innovative ideas that help improve the health and resilience of our natural and human communities. Read more about the WHAF.


Map of Minnesota from the interactive WHAF application.

Watershed Health Scores

Watershed Health Scores interpret data to create an index of values that show patterns of health for the state of Minnesota.
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Cover images from three WHAF reports.

Watershed Reports

Understand the health of your watershed through Watershed Context Reports and Watershed Health Report Cards.
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Map of Minnesota from the interactive WHAF application.

Interactive Map

An online map delivers an organized exploration of Minnesota's natural and human landscape.
Open the WHAF map »

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Key Concepts for Watershed Health

Concepts of system science guide how the five component WHAF framework is applied, including the concepts of health, scale, complexity and resilience. Learn more »

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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

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