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2017-04-21 / Features

Make this your Year of Water Action — volunteer!

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking volunteers for its citizen water monitoring programs. Participants “adopt” a lake or stream and track how clear the water is. Knowing the clarity of water helps the MPCA understand the health of our water.

More than 1,300 citizen monitors gather data for the MPCA, but more are needed to reach the 69,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes in the state. Volunteers do a simple water clarity test in their favorite body of water twice a month during the summer. The MPCA provides equipment and training and no prior experience is needed. Data gathered by volunteers extends the agency’s reach and complements the MPCA’s intensive water monitoring around the state.

Use the MPCA’s interactive map to find out if your favorite lake or stream needs monitoring. Become a volunteer or learn more about the program on the Citizen Water Monitoring Program webpage, or call 651-296-6300 (Twin Cities) or 1-800-657- 3864 (Greater Minnesota).

Governor Mark Dayton has declared a “Year of Water Action,” and is encouraging all Minnesotans to take a role in protecting our state’s most precious resource for future generations.

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