Most of the land in the District is devoted to agricultural crop and livestock production. The central, low, flat, portion produces corn, soybeans, sugar beets, potatoes, onions, carrots and other garden truck crops. The remaining land in the District supports cash corn and soybean crops with limited livestock production. The City of Hollandale is within the District; parts of the cities of Geneva and Clarks Grove, all in Freeborn County. The unincorporated communities of Oakland, Maple Island, Newry, Lerdal and Moscow are also located within or near the boundary of the District, all in Freeborn County. Part of the Western territory of the City of Austin in Mower County is situated within the District. This area in Austin is residential in nature. Outside the city limits of Austin, land use in Mower County in the District is primarily for agricultural purposes. There is growth in the rural areas west of the City of Austin. Several areas have been platted and developed. There is no large forested land within the District except for farmstead tree plantings and scattered groves. The area is well served by a good network of township and county roads supplemented by a few state highways. Interstate 35 crosses the upper reaches of the watershed from North to South just West of Lake Geneva. Interstate 90 from the east crosses over Turtle Creek just northwest of the City of Austin and proceeds westerly, just south of the southern boundary of 22 the District. Just west of Freeway 35, is a railroad system from the Twin Cities to Albert Lea southerly. Another railroad crosses the lower end of the District above the City of Austin and proceeds westward along the southerly boundary of the District to the City of Albert Lea and west. Energy and telephone lines located along most roads, adequately serve the residents of the District. Some of the telephone lines are buried. There are a few bodies of water within the District. Geneva Lake, the source of Turtle Creek, lies in the western end of the District. The surface area of this meandered lake is 1944 acres. The Lake has little depth because of siltation and is usable for most lake recreation purposes. The outlet to Turtle Creek is controlled by a dam. On March 5, 1945, after a public hearing, the Commissioner of DNR established 1211.1 feet above sea level, National Geodetic vertical datum-1929 datum, as the Natural ordinary high water elevation of Geneva Lake. The supervision of the operation of the dam resides with the Freeborn County Commissioners. Early in the 20th century Rice Lake and Oak Lake, both meandered lakes, were drained. Newry Lake, located in the northeast corner of Newry Township, was about 38 acres in size. It is now a marshy area with limited open space for water. There were, at the time of settlement, low wet areas within the District. By the 1930’s many of these sites were drained and are now used for agricultural purposes. In recent times, the State acquired a 253 acre Wildlife area in Moscow Township, identified as the Cerex WMA. There are some remaining small areas of wetland. Rules of the District provide supervision of proposed drainage actions. The manager’s efforts are directed at conserving remaining wetlands.