Who monitors in the Minnesota River Basin

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Monitoring History

State and federal agencies have collected water quality data at various locations and at various times throughout the Minnesota River Basin over the past thirty years. The most comprehensive study of water quality in the Minnesota River Basin, the 1994 Minnesota River Assessment Project (MRAP), concluded that the Minnesota River is impaired by excessive levels of nutrients and sediment. Since the MRAP report, several organizations throughout the Basin have taken responsibility for collecting additional data to better define tributary characteristics and learn more about how these tributaries affect the condition of the Minnesota River.

In many parts of the Basin, this information is used to target implementation practices that reduce nonpoint source pollution, thereby improving the overall health of the Minnesota River. Monitoring is performed by local watershed projects (supported by Clean Water Partnership grants administered by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) as well as state and federal agencies. Much of the monitoring data is provided through monitoring programs of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), with contributions from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Minnesota State Climatology Office.

Selected Monitoring Organizations and Agencies

Example of organizations and agencies that contributed water quality monitoring data for the State of the Minnesota River: Water Quality Monitoring Reports.

Brown-Nicollet-Cottonwood Water Quality Board
Chippewa River Watershed Project
Hawk Creek Watershed Project
High Island Creek Watershed Assessment Project
Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed Project
Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area
Yellow Medicine River Watershed

Martin County Environmental Services
Carver County Environmental Services

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
United States Geological Survey
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota State Climatology Office


This page was last updated 4/15/11