Why are We Performing Voluntary Environmental Site Assessments?
In 2012, a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study was completed for the
Elk River Watershed. A TMDL is a plan for restoring impaired waters that
identifies the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive
while still meeting water quality standards. The TMDL helped identify parcels
that are deemed as high priority for reducing nutrient loading within the
watershed. These areas are referenced as High Priority Level 1 and High
Priority Level 2. In order to reduce environmental impacts and meet state
TMDL standards in the watershed, we are working with property owners to
perform voluntary environmental site assessments. From these assessments we
hope to encourage environmentally conscious decision-making, and to
implement projects that will benefit the environment as well as the landowner.

What is an Environmental Site Assessment?
There is not one single point source impacting the Earth's environment. It
comes from a variety of contributing factors, from urban to rural related
practices. An environmental site assessment is a voluntary analysis of one's
property that helps identify potential or existing environmental resource
concerns. The conclusion of an environmental assessment often ends in
improvement of environmental stewardship education as well as physical
enhancement to the property to resolve environmental impact issues.

Our Progress
The following is a map illustrating the Elk River Watershed boundary and the High Priority 1 & 2 areas. The table within the map breaks down how many parcels are within each priority level, and how many of those parcels have had an Environmental Assessment completed.