Wetlands Across Communities

What is a Watershed?

A watershed is an area of land where all rain and runoff is collected at a larger water source. The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary is located within the Rice Creek Watershed and is bordered to the northwest by the Coon Creek Watershed. Since Rice Creek flows to the Mississippi River, the Rice Creek Watershed is part of the larger Mississippi River Watershed.

Anoka County Ditch 53-62

Anoka County Ditch 53-62

Anoka County Ditch 53-62 runs through the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.

Mississippi River Watershed

Mississippi River Watershed

North Metro Watershed Districts

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Blaine Watershed Districts

Blaine Watershed Districts-800

What is a Watershed District?

Watershed districts are government agencies that maintain and restore water within their boundaries by protecting wetlands, maintaining drainage systems, and improving water quality. Water knows no political boundaries; therefore, Blaine’s water runs through both the Coon Creek and Rice Creek Watersheds. Our communities are connected because the watersheds eventually flow together into the Mississippi River. Anything on the street such as salts, trash, fertilizer, grass clippings, and pet waste can wash into the storm sewer and end up in our water. You can help the community by keeping the streets clean.