There are numerous lakes, wetlands, river miles, and resources in need of protection throughout the Middle Fork Crow River watershed. It is impossible for the staff and board of the MFCRWD to know everything that is happening throughout the 275 square mile area. Therefore, volunteers are an essential component to learning and managing our water resources. Additionally, the District recognizes that citizens who learn about and care for their resources are the best way to protect those resources as they have experience and connection to the resource. Through day to day interaction, volunteers can be aware of changes, problems, or improvements to their lake or river area.
There are several sites along the streams, rivers, and waterways that the MFCRWD monitors. By examining the water quality data from the stream monitoring sites with the data collected in the lakes, we will be able to develop a better understanding of water quality throughout the watershed. Having data will help determine not only where there are water quality issues requiring further investigation, but also evaluate water quality trends over time and more accurately prepare for future projects.
Each year the District publishes a monitoring report highlighting the major events of the previous monitoring season. The report features: tools and methods to complete water quality monitoring, the meaning behind the water quality data, monitoring locations in our District, and graphs/figures to highlight the results.