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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Lake Assessment Program

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Contact Information
Name:Steven Heiskary Street:Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 520 Lafayette Rd. North
City: St. PaulState: Minnesota
Zip Code:55155-4194Phone: 612 296-7217 612 297 2343 site1:
Fax: -Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):75
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $20000 Year monitoring began: 1985

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Lake Assessment Program works with lake associations and local government units to study their lakes and watersheds. We typically conduct one-year studies which include monitoring, data assessment, and a report on lake conditions and trends. These studies often provide a basis for protection and improvement activities. Our program is available to all counties statewide.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Chlorophyll, Phytoplankton

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
AdvocacyNon-governmental community organizations
Research State government
Community organizingNon-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government


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