Monitoring activities are performed each year within the watershed. In 2005, the CLFLWD worked with the Washington Conservation district to develop a baseline monitoring program. To see the Program's Standard Operating Procedures, please click here. In 2012 the District completed a comprehensive monitoring plan which can be found here.
Monitoring Site at Little Comfort Lake
To fulfill its monitoring needs, the CLFLWD uses a multi-partnership approach. The District uses volunteers, contracts with Washington County Conservation District (WCD), and partners with the Metropolitan Council.
The CLFLWD also uses volunteers as part of the Metropolitan Council's Citizen-Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP) to collect in-lake surface water samples. As part of CAMP, volunteers collect water samples, take Secchi transparencies and surface water temperature, and record basic user perceptions and climate information. The samples are then analyzed for total phosphorus, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, and chlorophyll-a. The use of volunteers will not only result in a savings to the monitoring budget, but strengthens relationships between CLFLWD and local lake stakeholders.
The Washington Conservation District collects rainfall information, watershed (stream) flows and associated nutrient loads, in-lake biological information, lake levels, and in-lake monitoring when requirements exceed those available through the volunteer program. These data are essential to understanding trends in water quality and how to better manage water quality and quantity in the watershed.
The Metropolitan Council not only oversee the volunteer lake monitoring program (CAMP), but are available to provide some in-kind monitoring services as part of larger projects such as TMDLs or watershed-wide modeling efforts.
The CLFLWD monitoring location map shows our monitoring sites; blue arrows are the primary monitoring sites (the outlet of each management district) and the red arrows represent project based sites.
The resulting data from the District's monitoring program are forwarded to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for permanently storage in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's national water quality database STORET (STOrage and RETrieval).
Data are public domain, and can be searched and downloaded from the MPCA's Environmental Information Management System.