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It’s easy to be a Citizen Stream Monitoring volunteer

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Have you ever wanted to play a role in understanding the condition of our local streams? The Minnesota Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (CSMP) is ideal for someone who has an extra 15-30 minutes each week to monitor a local stream between the months of March to October. The equipment is supplied free of charge and is easy to use. Each week, the volunteer measures the clarity of the water using a clear plastic tube called a secchi tube shown in this picture. Also recorded for each site visit is a score for the appearance of the water and its suitability for recreation. Temperature can also be measured and recorded.

The CSMP combines the knowledge and commitment of interested citizens with the technical expertise and resources of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Volunteer stream monitors are a critical component of Minnesota’s Water Quality Strategy.

The stream monitoring program has been in existence since 1998. Some of the first volunteers in the state were in the Root River watershed. There are currently 21 volunteers monitoring 25 sites in the watershed. Current and past data for any monitoring site is available on line at the MN Pollution Control Agency website (http://cf.pca.state.mn.us/water/cmp/search.cfm ).

For more information about the program, go to the website above, or contact the SWCD office at 507-765-3878 ext. 3. We all need clean water, and we are all part of the solution.

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