Meet some of our citizen lake and stream volunteers who help us gather valuable information about the health of our water resources. At the MPCA, we use this data to make decisions on watershed protection and restoration. For some lakes and streams, data collected by volunteers are the only data available, making this work indispensable.
Rachel's 4-H project in high school led to a career in civil engineering with an environmental focus.
“It’s a whole family thing,” says Sheri Berg about being part of the state’s volunteer Citizen Lake Monitoring program for the past 30 years.
Concern about water quality led Ron Sprong to do water monitoring and help the Grindstone Lake Association obtain grants to fund research and develop a lake management plan.
Steve has lived near Lanesboro for 17 years and has monitored Gribben Creek for 14 years. "I volunteer because I have a great love for all things outdoors.”
It started in 1998 with 17 volunteers monitoring the health of 22 stream sites in southeast Minnesota. Today there are more than 400 volunteers and 500 stream sites across Minnesota.
Mary Jenc and David Knight are combating invasive species as citizen stream monitors on Rice Creek in Ramsey County.
Lisa Joan Miller, a 10-year Citizen Lake Monitor, is on a mission to rescue young bullheads that get trapped in beer and pop cans.
Sharon Natzel, president of Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA), and Al Kiecker, a retiree and avid angler, are part of an ongoing lake-monitoring program on Long Lake.
For years, Katya and Mark Gordon have spent part of their summer on Lake Superior monitoring water quality. They see that rising temperatures are affecting water clarity.
David Tacke has been a volunteer water monitor for 3 years in Fillmore County. He's passionate about offering time and talent for the greater good.
The job of monitoring the quality of Minnesota's lakes and rivers could not be done without the help of dedicated citizen volunteers.
Richard Fetterly, a retired engineer living in Rice County, reflects on his 15 years spent as a citizen stream monitor for the Straight River.
Lowell Deede developed a multi-site monitoring plan to track watershed water clarity and enrolled in the stream monitoring program.