Sediment loads—the size of a city block filled to the height of the Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis—accumulate in Lake Pepin every year. With sedimentation rates 10x above normal, the lake is in a fight for survival. It has two water quality impairments and is expected to prematurely disappear in just a few generations.


Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance and Audubon Minnesota are partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore habitat, water quality, and small boat navigation at the head of the lake by constructing islands and dredging backwater bays.

Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance and Audubon Minnesota are partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore habitat, water quality, and small boat navigation at the head of the lake by constructing islands and dredging backwater bays.

LPLA started a citizen water monitoring program to investigate two local trout streams impaired for E-coli. The program's end goal is to identify 1-2 locations ideal for remediation projects. Training provided. Sign-up to volunteer today!

This interactive, multi-media Story Map illustrates the disappearing legacy of Lake Pepin. It allows users to visualize county and watershed-level data in the Minnesota River Basin (MRB) while incorporating videos and narrative to help interpret data in the context of Lake Pepin.

This interactive, multi-media Story Map illustrates the disappearing legacy of Lake Pepin. It allows users to visualize county and watershed-level data in the Minnesota River Basin (MRB) while incorporating videos and narrative to help interpret data in the context of Lake Pepin.


Your Support Matters.

There's has never been a better time to join the LPLA crew!  LPLA has spearheaded a large restoration project in Upper Lake Pepin expected to improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and small boat navigation. Your membership helps LPLA stay at the helm and continue advocating for local communities.

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