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MPCA seeking lake volunteers

Volunteers who care about their waters are needed to help gauge the health of lakes and streams in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring program is issuing a special request for volunteers to help monitor certain streams and lakes in Otter Tail and Wadena counties, especially the Red Eye River in Wadena County.

Volunteers are needed for the following lakes and streams:

-In Otter Tail County - East Leaf, Fish, Gourd, Inman and West Leaf lakes, along with Bluff, Leaf and Oak creeks.

-In Wadena County - Redeye and Wing rivers.

Minnesotans who regularly visit or live on a lake or river are encouraged to volunteer. The MPCA provides equipment and training.

The MPCA uses the information collected by volunteers to track water quality trends and make decisions on watershed protection and restoration. Volunteer-collected data is the only information that the MPCA and its partners have for some rivers and lakes in the state.

More information about the volunteer monitoring program, along with a more specific list of waters that need volunteers, is available at or by calling 1-800-657-3864.