With Surface Water Assessment funding, local partners have provided water-quality data for lake and stream sites throughout the state.
For 2017-2018, the MPCA awarded six grants totaling $440,000.
Water quality sampling at five lake sites and 11 stream sites within the Snake River Watershed over a period of two years (2017-18).
Assessments will include the waters of the Baudette River, Black River, Peppermint Creek, Rapid River, Rat Root River and Winter Road River at 12 key sites in Koochiching and Lake of the Woods Counties. This project will also work to promote volunteer stream monitoring by working with a local River Watch Program.
Monitoring at seven lake sites and 19 stream sites in the Blue Earth River watershed.
Collect water samples at 15 stream and 26 lake locations in the North Fork Crow River watershed. This cooperative project has three basic objectives: water quality monitoring, data management, and administration.
Water quality assessments at 11 lakes and 7 stream reaches in the Pomme de Terre River Watershed.
In 2017 and 2018, Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) will collect water chemistry samples from ten lakes and 24 stream sites identified in the Redwood and Cottonwood River watersheds.
For 2016-2017, the MPCA awarded seven SWAGs for a total of $280,000.
Water quality monitoring in four lakes and four stream/river sites in high priority areas of the Upper Mississippi River (Brainerd) Watershed.
Conduct water quality monitoring on ten lakes in the Kettle River Watershed: Twentynine, Bob, Bear, Little Hanging Horn, Hanging Horn, Moose, Echo, Coffee, Kettle and Merwin.
Monitoring on four stream sites and 17 lakes in the Mississippi River - Brainerd watershed in east-central Crow Wing County.
Water quality monitoring at 12 stream sampling sites in the Otter Tail River Watershed.
The sampling and monitoring of lakes and streams in the Kettle River Watershed will result in a better understanding of the water quality within the watershed.
Conduct water quality monitoring at the ten lakes within the Todd County portions of the Mississippi River Brainerd watershed and the one lake within the Todd County portion of the Mississippi River Sartell watershed.
Conduct field and water chemistry monitoring at by collecting water samples at seven lake sites and eight streams in the Kettle and Upper St. Croix Watersheds.