Want to help investigate water quality? Become a PLSLWD Monitoring Volunteer! Read the descriptions below to learn more about each opportunity and choose which program is the best fit for you.
- CAMP – Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program
- Precipitation Data Collection
- Lake Ice-On/Ice-Off Observers
CAMP – Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program
CAMP or Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program engages volunteers on lakes around the state to gather water quality data. This data is used be cities, counties and other government entities to determine the most efficient way to treat impaired waters and keep good quality water pristine. Currently the Prior Lake – Spring Lake Watershed District have eight CAMP volunteers sampling several lakes including: Buck Lake, Haas Lake, Cates Lake, Lower Prior Lake, Fish Lake, Crystal Lake, Little Prior Lake and Sutton Lake.
The volunteers learned various techniques to gather information on water quality. They take secchi disc readings, take water samples for total phosphorus and Kjeldahl nitrogen, temperature, and decant water through a filter to gather the chlorophyll-a amount. The volunteers also take notes on the recreational and physical appearance. The volunteers also gain increased awareness of their lake’s condition.
The CAMP monitoring program runs from April through October. The monitoring itself is done on a bi-weekly basis with pickups once a month. Contact Patty Dronen if interested, firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-447-4166
To learn more about this program, visit our Lake Monitoring page.
Precipitation Data Collection
The District tracks how much precipitation falls in what parts of the watershed and submits the data to the local climatologist. If you are interested in helping measure rain and snow fall amounts contact Patty Dronen if interested, email@example.com or 952-447-4166.
To learn more about this program or view previous precipitation data, visit our Precipitation Monitoring page.
Lake Ice-On/Ice-Off Observers
The District tracks the ice-on and the ice-off dates for District lakes. looking for residents to help report lake ice-out dates or record precipitation. Lakes are considered iced-over or clear when 90% of the lake is ice-covered or open-water, in the fall and spring respectively. It’s fun, easy and no experience is necessary!
Volunteers are needed for both large and small lakes in the District. Not sure if a lake by you is in the District? Check out our lakes page!
If you are interested in helping report ice-on and ice-off dates for District lakes, contact Patty Dronen, firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-447-4166.
To learn more about this program or view historical ice-on and ice-off data, visit our Lake Monitoring page.