In order to prevent and address problems in Minnesota’s lakes and streams, good information is needed. The District has received a Surface Water Assessment Grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to gather water samples in the Rainy Rivers – Headwaters, Vermilion River and St. Louis River watersheds. It also received a Civic Engagement and WRAPS Support grant for the Vermilion, Cloquet and Rainy Rivers – Headwaters watersheds. Both of these grants tie into MPCA’s Water Quality Monitoring Strategy.
Surface Water Assessment Grant – SWAG – During the 2015 and 2016 open water seasons, with the assistance of Lake and Koochiching SWCD, the District collected water samples for 22 lakes and 9 streams within the Rainy River Headwaters, Cloquet and Vermilion River Watersheds. These samples were sent to RMB Environmental Labs in Detroit Lakes for water quality lab analysis. Results were entered in to MPCA’s EQuIS system for use by all. It is anticipated this work will be repeated every 10 years as part of MPCA’s Water Quality Monitoring Strategy.
Civic Engagement & WRAPS Support – The District received a grant to carry out civic engagement efforts in the Rainy River Headwaters and St. Louis River Watersheds. It also began these efforts for the early stages of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) process in the Vermilion River Watershed. The project also provided funding for identified surface water monitoring gaps in the Rainy and Vermilion watersheds. Both Lake and Koochiching SWCD’s provided staff to assist with this project. The grant will end in December 2016.More Information »