Volunteer monitors from across the state gathered to celebrate the important work they do tracking the water clarity in Minnesota’s lakes and streams using a device called a Secchi disk.
The CMP hosted the event to recognize its volunteers for their continued work for and commitment to clean water.
Volunteers had the opportunity to meet each other and to share a delicious meal provided by the Black and White restaurant of Little Falls.
Laurel Mezner from the MPCA’s Brainerd office and Sheila Carlton of the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District discussed the work going on in nearby Upper Mississippi River watersheds.
CMP volunteers shared their involvement in monitoring and education efforts.
A lunch-time presentation on the impacts of climate change on phenology by University of Minnesota Forest Resources professor Rebecca Montgomery generated some lively discussion by the group.
The CMP plans to host Secchi Socials on an annual basis, convening in different regions of the state from year to year so that all volunteers have the chance to attend, get to know each other, and learn more about the water resources they care so much about.