MPCA launches interstate and international water monitoring study in Red River of the North
Water quality monitoring recently began in the Red River of the North, through a collaborative effort among the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, North Dakota Department of Health, and Manitoba (Canada) Water Stewardship. This monitoring will focus on fish, macroinvertebrate and algae communities, and water chemistry throughout the main stem of the Red River.
The MPCA, with assistance from North Dakota staff, will monitor at 35 locations between Breckenridge, Minn., and the Canadian border. Manitoba Water Stewardship staff will monitor at seven locations between the Canadian border and Lake Winnipeg. A new tool will be used as part of this study, known as a floating periphyton sampler, which samples organisms that live on the surface of aquatic plants in hopes of better identifying algae communities.
This study is part of the MPCA’s large river monitoring to assess conditions of the state’s five largest rivers; the Mississippi, Minnesota, Rainy, Red, and St. Croix rivers. This large river monitoring will complement the MPCA’s ongoing assessment of smaller streams, rivers, and lakes throughout Minnesota’s 81 major watersheds. More information on this and other monitoring activities can be found on the MPCA’s water monitoring and reporting webpages.