Pollution Control Agency Ramping up Water Monitoring

Photo courtesy MPCA. Volunteers use a tool called a Secchi disk to measure the clarity of lakes.

State and local organizations, and even citizens, will begin monitoring lakes, rivers and streams in Minnesota’s Lake Superior North Watershed. It’s part of a new monitoring approach by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

The initiative is known as “Intensive Watershed Monitoring,” in which water experts from local soil and water conservation districts, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Section and local citizens will conduct biological surveys in lakes and streams, test for fish contaminants and collect water chemistry data.

According to a press release from the MPCA, it’s part of a ten-year approach to water quality monitoring where the first year is spent identifying water-quality problems and the second year is devoted to identifying the sources of those problems. The Northland’s News Center also covered the story HERE.

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