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Nitrate Testing

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

On Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. until noon the National Trout Center (NTC), along with the Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Fillmore County Community Health will conduct nitrate testing of water and provide information and test kits for radon testing in homes. The NTC is encouraging trout anglers and anyone else interested in water quality to collect small water samples from local springs and streams and bring the water to the NTC in Preston to be tested for nitrates.

Nitrate contamination of the base flow conditions of local streams is of growing interest and more data is needed from southeast Minnesota. Choose a nice day for a drive and a hike along your favorite stream, or fish catch and release on one of the Winter Season streams and collect a water sample. We hope that anglers will spread out across southeast Minnesota and collect water samples from wells, springs and streams at winter base flow conditions where almost all the river flow is from groundwater discharge in springs, wetlands and along the river bed. Help us to get a better idea of the regional water quality. The well data is private but the spring and stream data will be posted on a regional map at the NTC and shared with the Fillmore SWCD.

Nitrate water sample directions: Samples can be collected in any small, clean container (less than a cup), including zip lock plastic bags, clean bottles or jars. Make sure to label the side of the container with the date, time, location (stream and nearest road crossing) and who collected the sample. Water samples can be collected in advance if the samples are kept cool and unfrozen. Samples brought in before noon will be tested at the Center, other samples will be analyzed later by the Fillmore SWCD.

The National Trout Center is located at 120 Saint Anthony St. in Preston, Minn. For more information contact: George Spangler 507-867-8801, Jeff Broberg 507-273-4961, or Kathy Dahl

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