Volunteers Needed!!

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 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

2011 Surface Water Monitoring
- 2011 Water Monitoring Brochure (8 pages)
- 2011 Water Monitoring Report (41 pages)

2010 Surface Water Monitoring
- Quick Recap of 2010 Monitoring (1 page)
- 2010 Monitoring Report (68 pages)

2009 Surface Water Monitoring
- Quick Recap of 2009 Monitoring (2 pages)
- 2009 Monitoring Report (70 pages)

2008 Surface Water Monitoring
- Quick Recap of 2008 Monitoring (2 pages)
- 2008 Monitoring Report (77 pages)

2001 Water Quality Study
On Cedar River and Tributaries

For more information on Monitoring in the Cedar River Watershed, contact Matt Taylor, Mower SWCD, at 507-434-2603 or at