Best Management Practices in PRWD

Best Management Practices that you can find throughout the District include:

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are vegetated shallow depressions designed to capture and absorb rainwater. The soil in rain gardens naturally removes pollutants like phosphorus, nitrogen, and heavy metals from the water. This helps prevent pollutants form entering nearby lakes and streams where they can cause unwanted algae growth and degrade water quality. Rain gardens contain plants with long roots that should soak up all water within 48 hours of an average rainfall. 

Bioretention Basins

Bioretention basins are shallow impoundments designed to capture and absorb rainwater, similar to rain gardens. Some basins also use underground drains to increase the amount of rainwater they can capture.

Underground Infiltration Systems

Underground Infiltration Systems are designed to capture and store rainwater inside underground pipes and rock beds. Eventually, the stored water soaks into surrounding soils through perforations in the pipes and spaces between rocks and into the surrounding soil.

Examples of PRWD Best Management Practices

City Park

Unveiling of Rain Garden in City Park

Raingarden ribbon cutting 007.jpg
Ribbon cutting to the City Park rain garden.
May 14, 2008
Detroit Lakes - Capital for a Day



Discover PRWD
I am a...

Upcoming Meetings and Events


PRWD in the News

PRWD/MN DNR Zebra Mussel impact study

MPR News Story on PRWD Flowering Rush Project

Dan Gunderson, MPR News, visited Lake Sallie with Brent Alcott to discuss the success of the…

MnDNR begins ZM pilot project treatment


View All


Recent Water Levels
Detroit 1334.66 ft
Last Updated: 5/28/2019
Floyd(s) 1354.91 ft
Last Updated: 5/23/2019


Melissa 1329.05 ft
Last Updated: 5/28/2019
Sallie 1330.48 ft
Last Updated: 5/28/2019

Connect with Us