Volunteers with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) third annual Citizen Water Monitoring Program (CMP) will gather in Walker on Thursday, Sept. 27, to celebrate the completion of another successful season monitoring the health of Minnesota’s lakes and streams. Each year, the CMP “Secchi Social” convenes in a different region of the state to recognize the important work its volunteers do for clean water. A panel of local water professionals will discuss water quality protection efforts in the Leech Lake watershed, and volunteers will share presentations of their experiences as citizen water monitors.

More than 1,300 citizen water monitors track the water clarity of lakes and streams across the state during the summer months. Volunteer-collected data help state agencies and municipalities make decisions on protecting and restoring lakes and streams across the state. The MPCA also uses volunteer data to determine if lake and stream water clarity is getting better or worse over time. To learn more or to sign up to monitor your favorite lake or stream, visit the MPCA’s Citizen Water Monitoring website.