Minnesota’s Water Quality Monitoring Strategy describes the 10-year plan for monitoring surface and groundwater.
The strategy includes information on all types of monitoring — condition monitoring, problem investigation monitoring and effectiveness monitoring — for all types of water bodies (i.e., lakes, streams, and wetlands) and groundwater under the MPCA's watershed approach. Per the strategy, Minnesota will completely assess surface water in the state over a 10-year cycle and will conduct groundwater monitoring in cooperation with the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Health.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires states to complete a monitoring strategy. This document was submitted to EPA on September 28, 2011, and is Minnesota's operating strategy while under review by EPA.