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Education: Vermillion River Watch Program

Stream monitors use a
Secchi tube to measure
clarity of the stream.
Source: MPCA 2015.

Calling all wader lovers! In 2017, The Vermillion River Watch Program is teaming up with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to engage individuals, school groups, and other community members in monitoring the health of the Vermillion River!

The Vermillion River is a popular place for nature enthusiasts, whether they prefer to recreate with hiking boots or a fishing pole, due to its close proximity to the Twin Cities Area and a self-sustaining brown trout population. In recent years, the watershed has been threatened by pollutants associated with rapid urban development and changes in rural land uses leading to growing concerns as to how to best maintain the ecological integrity of the river and its tributaries.

Volunteers participating in the Vermillion River Watch Program will be asked to visit their stream monitoring site once per week to monitor water transparency (using a Secchi tube), as well as water level and the general appearance of the stream (water color and recreational suitability). The monitoring data collected by VRW volunteers will be submitted to the MPCA at the conclusion of the field season and will be used to supplement other water quality monitoring efforts taking place along the Vermillion River.

For More Information:

For more information about how you can become involved with the Vermillion River Watch program, please contact Lindsey Albright at lindsey.albright@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-480-7783.

Support for this program is funded by the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (http://www.vermillionriverwatershed.org/).