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Hydrologic, Hydraulic, and Pollutant Loading Study (HHPLS)

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In 2003, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) completed a multi-year Hydrologic, Hydraulic, and Pollutant Loading Study (HHPLS) to document the physical and biological characteristics of the watershed. Combining monitoring data with complex models, the amount and quality of water moving through the watershed was quantified. In addition, a robust stakeholder process aided the MCWD in identifying problems and potential solutions, which were ultimately integrated into the MCWD 2007 Comprehensive Water Resource Management Plan.

This HHPLS Report presents a compilation of three years of work by MCWD staff, technical consultants, elected officials, and the public. It identifies existing water management issues resulting from current and past land uses, defines the impact of future land use changes, and recommends how MCWD Managers can address these changes.