MPCA is Looking for Water Monitoring Volunteers
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking volunteers for its citizen water monitoring programs. Participants “adopt” a lake or stream and track clarity of the water. Knowing the clarity of water helps the MPCA understand the health of water resources.
More than 1,300 citizen monitors gather data for the MPCA, but more are needed to reach the 69,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes in the State. Volunteers do a simple water clarity test in their favorite body of water twice a month during the summer. The MPCA provides equipment and training and no prior experience is needed.
Data gathered by volunteers extends the reach of the sampling program and complements the MPCA’s intensive water monitoring around the state.