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Lake and stream monitors sought

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) seeks volunteers to track the health of their favorite lake or stream through the Citizen Lake Monitoring Program or the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program.

Volunteers measure water clarity in their lake or stream weekly throughout the summer months, using simple equipment provided by the MPCA. Water clarity, or transparency, is an important indicator of the health of a lake or stream. The MPCA uses water clarity data to track water quality trends and 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 valuable.

Some volunteers have participated in the MPCA's water monitoring program for more than 35 years.

To volunteer or learn more about the programs, visit the MPCA's Volunteer surface water monitoring webpage or call 1-800-657-3864.