Can you fish in it? Can you swim in it? Can you see to the bottom?
These are types of questions that MPCA staff pull on their waders and try to answer every year and for thousands of lakes and streams in our state. The laws and regulations that govern the water are all about making that water safe and fun for people. Does this river have enough fish, and enough species of fish, to make it enjoyable for fishing? Can you take a dip in this water on a hot summer day and be safe from bacteria? Is the water clear enough to support healthy fish and the bugs they eat?
It's for the fish — and for you.