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MPCA Requests Water Quality Data

MPCAThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is looking for data to help assess the condition of the State's lakes and streams. The information will also be used to build a national database of water quality. MPCA is specifically interested in the following priority watersheds because the agency will be determining whether the water bodies meet state water quality standards in early 2015:

  • Two Rivers
  • Snake River
  • Lake Superior – North
  • Rum River
  • Mississippi River – Headwaters
  • Minnesota River – Mankato
  • Watonwan River

MPCA is also looking for:

  • Data on the Mississippi River from the headwaters to St. Anthony Falls.
  • E. coli data for the Minnesota, Rainy, Red, St. Croix, and Mississippi Rivers.
  • E. coli data for Lake Superior public beaches.
  • Toxicity data, including nitrates, pesticides, trace metals, and mercury for streams throughout Minnesota.

Data from outside a priority watershed will also be accepted. The MPCA will use any additional data received to help plan for future monitoring efforts including what to monitor for and where to monitor; identify pollutant “stressors” that are causing or contributing to problems or threats to fishing, swimming, and recreational uses; and evaluate the success of ongoing activities to protect and restore water quality.

Project, lab, and field data will be accepted through November 3, 2014. MPCA says the information it enters will need to be reviewed by the person or group that submitted it by December 15, 2014. To access more information from the MPCA's surface water data website, click here.



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