Do you live near a lake or stream in Minnesota, or visit one regularly? If so, we need your help.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state. Minnesota’s volunteer water monitoring programs are among the largest citizen science programs in the nation, but in order to reach all the lakes and streams across Minnesota, more volunteers are needed.
Join more than 1,300 Minnesotan volunteers who track the health of their favorite lake or stream through the Citizen Lake and Citizen Stream Monitoring Programs.
A little of your volunteer time measuring the clarity of our lakes and streams will give us vital information needed to know about the health of our water resources.
How you can help
We will train you to measure water clarity in your lake or stream weekly throughout the summer months, using simple equipment provided by the MPCA.
Water clarity, or transparency, is an important indicator of the health of a lake or stream. The MPCA uses water clarity data to track water quality trends and to make decisions on watershed protection and restoration. For some lakes and streams, data collected by volunteers are the only data available, making citizen involvement critical to ensuring to the long-term health of Minnesota’s waters.
Some volunteers have participated in the MPCA’s water monitoring program for more than 35 years. Long-term volunteers report that monitoring has given them a new way of learning about the lake or stream they love, and volunteers enjoy sharing their knowledge with neighbors who also care about clean water.
Find out more
To become a volunteer or learn more about the programs, visit the MPCA’s Citizen water monitoring webpage or call 651-296-6300 (in the Twin Cities) or 800-657-3864 (outside the Twin Cities metro area).