VOL: Lake and Stream Monitoring Program

Volunteer for Clean Water!

Lake monitoring Lake Harriet 11Are you a Master Naturalist looking for a fun, meaningful service project? The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Citizen Water Monitoring Program has a unique opportunity for Minnesota Master Naturalists to help keep our waters clean. MPCA Citizen Water Monitors conduct simple water clarity tests at least twice a month over the summer at lakes and streams across the state.  More volunteers are needed and no prior experience is needed. The MPCA provides all the necessary equipment and training. Lake monitors need access to a boat, canoe or kayak, while stream monitors access their sites from a streambank or bridge crossing. Once at the monitoring location, the test takes about 15 minutes to complete.

CSMP water monitors Minnehaha CreekVolunteers in the Citizen Lake and Stream Monitoring Programs have gathered critically important data on Minnesota waters for over 45 years! Interactive Trend Maps show if water clarity on individual lakes or stream sites is improving, degrading, showing no change, or if no significant trend was found. Citizen water monitoring data make these trend tests possible. The maps also show where there is not enough data to run the test…yet! With your help, we can collect enough water clarity data to run tests on more lakes and streams, and greatly improve our understanding of changes to water clarity across the state over time. Find out more and sign up to become a citizen water monitor at citizenwater.mn or contact the Citizen Water Monitoring Program at clmp.pca@state.mn.us (lakes) or csmp.pca@state.mn.us