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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

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

Contact Information
Name:Jim Hafner; Mike PanzerStreet:2500 Shadywood Rd.
City: ExcelsiorState: Minnesota
Zip Code:55331-9578Phone: 612 471-0590
Email:jhafner@minnehahacreek.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 612 471-0682Web site2:

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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1994

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State GovernmentX 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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District carries out monitoring each year to track the progress of improving and protecting water quality in the 181-sq.-mile watershed in Hennepin County. Lake Minnetonka (14,000 acres) and its outlet tributary, Minnehaha Creek, are the focal points of the watershed. Volunteers now work through partnerships with other agencies, but our volunteer program will be expanding in 1998.

Environments monitored:
Groundwater, Lake or Pond, River or Stream, Wetland

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Chlorophyll, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:
purple loosestrife;reed canary grass;;

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris monitoring, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government
AdvocacyOur program, Local government
Research Our program
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program
BMP evaluationOur program
Land use decisionsOur program
Watershed planningOur program
Plan restoration projectsOur program
EnforcementOur program
LegislationOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesLocal government
State 305(b) report 


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