Lake of the Woods SWCD

Rapid River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy

Supporting Studies and Research

Lower Rainy River and Rapid River Watersheds Monitoring and Assessment Report. External link to the 2020 report from the MN Pollution Control Agency.
Rapid Watershed Assessment - Rapid River.  2009 assessment completed by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Initial Fisheries Stream Survey.  2011 MN DNR Fisheries stream survey report of channel stability.  
Watershed Report Card: Rapid River. 2015 MN DNR Watershed Health Assessment Framework.
Watershed Context Report – Rapid River.  2017 MN DNR report on the ecology and human influences in the Rapid River watershed.
A Local Management Plan for the Rainy and Rapid Rivers.  1991 Local Managemetn Plan for the Rainy and Rapid Rivers.  
Lake of the Woods County: A History of People, Places and Events. County history book that details the extensive ditching that took place in the early 1900's.  Available upon request from the SWCD, or can be purchased at the LW Historical Society.
The Great Ditch Experiment. 2009 article from the Historical Society on ditching in LOW County.
Regional Ground Water Flow Modeling of the Glacial Lake Agassiz Peatlands, MN. 2000 report from the Journal of Hydrology.
The Patterned Mires of the Red Lake Peatland, Northern Minnesota: Vegetation, Water Chemistry, and Landforms.1981 report from the Journal of Ecology.
Ground Water and the Evolution of Patterned Mires, Glacial Lake Agassiz Peatlands, Northern MN.  1983 report from the Journal of Ecology. 
A Stochastic Appraisal of the Annual Carbon Budget of a Large Circumboreal Peatland, Rapid River Watershed, Northern MN.  1998 report fromthe Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 
View the full bibliography of the available reports.