For the love of water, become a volunteer monitor today

Contact: Taylor Holland, 651-757-2385

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking volunteers for its Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring Programs. These programs give Minnesotans the opportunity to participate in the long-term protection of lakes and streams by collecting valuable information the state will use to make decisions to maintain and improve the health of our waters.

More than 1,300 Minnesotans help protect our water quality through the Citizen Monitoring programs, but in order to reach all water bodies across Minnesota, more volunteers are needed. “69,000 miles of rivers and over 12,000 lakes is a lot of water to cover,” says Laurie Sovell, coordinator of the MPCA’s Citizen Stream Monitoring Program. “We are looking for people curious about local water bodies and passionate about protecting our state’s water resources.”

As part of the program, volunteers are asked to perform a short and simple water clarity test at their favorite lake or stream, once per week throughout the summer. Equipment and training are provided by the MPCA and no prior experience is necessary. For some lakes and streams, volunteer-collected data is the only data available, making citizen involvement critical to ensuring the lasting health of Minnesota’s waters.

Find out if your favorite lake or stream needs monitoring by using an interactive map on the agency's website.

To become a volunteer or learn more about the program, visit the program’s citizen monitoring webpage, or call 651-296-6300 (Twin Cities) or 1-800-657-3864 (Greater Minnesota).