MPCA Citizen Water Monitoring Program
|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.|
|Materials List||Secchi tube, Secchi disk|
|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|
|Tags||citizen science water, lakes, secchi, stream monitoring, volunteer water quality|
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