Citizen Water Monitors
The Cedar River Watershed District and the Mower Soil and Water Conservation District have received an $111,000 grant for surface water monitoring from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The grant will cover chemical analysis of 20 samples at 11 sites in the watershed for 2 years. The streams will also be sampled on site for dissolved oxygen, flow, pH, turbidity, and temperature. The collected data will be used for MPCA to assess the Cedar River and its tributaries. Collected data will also be available to the public at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/data/edaWater/index.cfm at the end of each monitoring season.
As a part of the grant we are looking for volunteers to sign up as citizen stream monitors with MPCA. Citizens would monitor a site near their homes for rainfall, stream stage, turbidity, and general conditions throughout the summer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Matt Taylor at the Mower SWCD at 507-434-2603. Information about the MPCA Citizen Stream Monitoring Program is available on the web at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/water/water-types-and-programs/surface-water/streams-and-rivers/citizen-stream-monitoring-program/citizen-stream-monitoring-program.html