Lake Monitoring Programs

Citizen Lake Monitoring Program - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Because lakes are so central to Minnesota's economy and way of life, it is imperative that we try to maintain and improve the quality of water in our state's lakes. The Citizen Lake-Monitoring Program (CLMP) requires only minimal volunteer time, yet it provides what is essential for achieving these goals.

Lake Finder – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Lake Finder contains data for more than 4,500 lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota, including: lake surveys, lake depth maps, lake water quality data and lake water clarity data (from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), satellite-based water clarity information (from the University of Minnesota), lake notes, and fish consumption advice (from the Minnesota Department of Health).

Lake Access -

Lake Access is an initiative begun in 1999 to deliver real-time water quality information on Minneapolis metropolitan lakes to the public using advanced sensor technology and the Internet. Beginning in 2001 the project was expanded to include a study of the effects of lawn fertilizer phosphorus on the phosphorus budget of nearby Medicine Lake that suffers from eutrophication due to excessive phosphorus inputs.