First funded in 2006 by the state Legislature, Surface Water Assessment Grants (SWAG) provide funding to local partners to conduct water quality monitoring on designated lakes and stream reaches. The MPCA uses the collected data to determine if these water bodies meet state standards for designated uses such as swimming and fishing. This assessment identifies waters for protection or restoration in these Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS).

Through the SWAG program, the MPCA and local partners within designated watersheds work together to determine lake and stream monitoring needs.

SWAGs provide funding for staff hours, training, supplies and equipment, and lab analysis. Where possible, volunteers are recruited by local partners to assist with monitoring efforts.

The MPCA thanks all SWAG partners and volunteers for their contributions and encourages additional involvement through our volunteer stream and lake monitoring programs.