WaterFront Bulletin for August 2011

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August 2011

Changes coming to grants for volunteer water monitoring

Each year, the MPCA opens a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Surface Water Assessment Grants (SWAG) that support lake and stream water chemistry monitoring.  One important change this year for prospective applicants to note – only those lakes or stream sites included in the RFP appendices will be eligible for monitoring through SWAG. The MPCA and its local partners specifically chose these sites as priority resources within each major watershed.
By limiting sites eligible for monitoring through SWAG, the MPCA will be able to support a second type of grant for event-based stream sampling, such as during spring snowmelt and rain events, on specific sites being monitored for flow.
This event-based water chemistry sampling, combined with flow information, will allow the MPCA to determine pollutant loads, which is critical information for investigating pollution sources.
Students monitor water at Bee Lake outlet
Look for both RFPs to be released in fall 2011. Lists of eligible sites for each RFP are expected to be posted soon on the SWAG webpage. Be sure to check out the recent changes to the web page, including photos of local projects.
If you have questions regarding either RFP or if you want to be added to the program’s e-mail distribution list, please contact Ron Schwartz at ronald.schwartz@state.mn.us.