Minnesotans care about water – citizens from around the state monitor water clarity in streams and lakes and it is really easy to do! Get to know some of the volunteers near you who take samples and find out how to get involved.
Minnesota’s Citizen Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP) and Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (CSMP) are cooperative programs that combine the technical resources of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with the volunteer efforts of citizens statewide who measure water clarity on their lakes and streams.
Over 1,300 lake and stream volunteers track water clarity across Minnesota’s 80 major watersheds. In the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed, approximately 70 volunteers monitor lake water quality, but there are currently only a few who monitor streams.
Water clarity data collected by lake and stream volunteers are used to better understand the condition of the state’s water resources, and to make decisions on restoration and protection. Monitoring is quick and easy, and the MPCA provides equipment free of charge. Find out more and sign up to be a volunteer monitor at https://www.pca.state.mn.us/cmp.