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MPCA Citizen Water Monitoring Program

Main Project Information
Goal Track water clarity on lakes and streams across Minnesota
Task Collect water clarity data on lakes and streams in Minnesota
Where MPCA Citizen Water Monitoring Program

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Citizen Lake and Stream Monitoring Programs engage over 1,300 people to monitor water clarity once a week from April-September each year. Data collected by participants are used by the state to assess compliance with water quality standards and to track changes in water clarity over time. Monitoring is quick and easy, and the MPCA provides equipment and instructions free of charge.

Project Timing Participants monitor weekly from April-September each year.
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Materials List Secchi disk, Secchi tube
Special Skills Lake monitoring requires a boat.
Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Training Materials
Class Materials
Tags citizen science water, lakes, secchi, stream monitoring, volunteer water quality
Project Updated 01/30/2018