Education: Vermillion River Watch Program
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for this program is funded by the Vermillion River Watershed
Joint Powers Organization (http://www.vermillionriverwatershed.org/).