Water Quality Projects

 

Buffalo Red River Watershed District - Ongoing since 2011  more

 

Sand Hill Watershed Intensive Monitoring -April 2011 to May 2013 more

 

Red River Basin Event Based MonitoringFebruary 2012 to June 2014 more

 

Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network- Ongoing since 2012  more

 

Sand Hill Watershed E. coli Monitoring 2012 – April 2012 to December 2012 more

 

Red Lake River and Grand Marais Creek Assessment – May 2012 to June 2014 more

 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Pesticide Sampling - Ongoing since 2012  more

 

Flood Damage Reduction – Water Quality Project – Ongoing since 2003 more

 

River WatchCitizen Stream MonitoringOngoing since 1995 more

 

PROJECT DETAILS

 

Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network - Ongoing since 2012 

The International Water Institute (IWI) monitors 42 sites (3 basin, 11 major watershed, and 28 sub-watershed) in the Red River and Upper Mississippi River Basins intensively. There are also 5 sites in the Red River Basin where mercury samples are collected and sent to Minnesota Department of Health for analysis. The IWI collects water samples across the range of flow conditions targeting sample collection at times of moderate to high flow. Monitoring follows the sampling frequency and the parameter list as provided by the MPCA in the Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network Standard Operating Procedures and Guidance (WPLMN SOPG). IWI manages and submits all collected stream data, calibration logs, site inspection notes, and photos as specified in the WPLMN SOPG. Load calculations for each site are also completed using the FLUX32 model. Load calculations are submitted to the MPCA project manager for review and finalization.

 

Project Reports

 

2016 WPLMN Report

 

Funding for this project is provided through a Grant Contract with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  top

 

Red River Basin Event Based Monitoring – February 2012 to June 2014

International Water Institute monitors water quality at 24 sites on the Bois de Sioux River (2 sites), Mustinka River (2 sites), Buffalo River (8 sites), Red Lake River (4 sites), Sandhill River (3 sites), Thief River (2 sites), and Tamarac River (3 sites).  Watersheds are intensively sampled in an attempt to collect 25 samples per year at each site.Samples are collected with frequency and timing based on flow conditions.  High and moderate run-off flow conditions will be sampled most intensivley with baseflow samples collected as needed.  The data collected by this event-based sampling project will be used in load calculations in the above identified watersheds.  If conditions allow and all planned sampling is conducted, 1200 stream samples will be collected over a two year period. Monitoring  includes field measurements and lab analysis for sediment and nutrients. 

Funding for this project is provided through a Surface Water Assessment Grant provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  top

 

Red Lake River and Grand Marais Creek Assessment – May 2012 to June 2014

A partnership of local agencies and organizations monitors water quality at the targeted sites within the Red Lake River (11 sites) and Grand Marias Creek watersheds (4 sites).  The monitoring follows the sampling frequency and sample analysis plan that was designed by the MPCA for its SWAG and the Intensive Watershed Monitoring programs.  As part of this partnership, the International Water Institute monitors at six locations in the Red Lake River watershed collecting samples for sediment, nutrient, and E. coli analysis.

Funding for this project is provided through a Surface Water Assessment Grant to the Red Lake Watershed District as provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  top

 

Sand Hill Watershed Intensive Monitoring – April 2011 to May 2013

Targeted stream and lake sites in the Sand Hill watershed are monitored along with the Regional Assessment Locations (RALs) identified in the watershed planning process.  There are 4 target stream sites, 10 target lakes, and 7 RALs.  TMDL planning considerations were also included in site and parameter selection.   The monitoring strategy was designed by the MPCA for its Surface Water Assessment program.  Samples are collected and analyzed for nutrients, sediment, E. coli, chlorophyll-a, ammonia, and chloride.  Volunteer River Watch teams also collect monthly field data at 14 River Watch stream sites within the project area to augment data for analysis at the 8 primary stream sites.

Funding for this project is provided through a Surface Water Assessment Grant provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  top

 

Sand Hill Watershed E. coli Monitoring 2012 – April 2012 to December 2012

Four stream sites in the Sand Hill watershed are monitored for field parameters and E. coli.  The sites monitored were targeted during the TMDL planning process for additional analysis based on past results.  Monitoring frequency follows the sampling plan as provided by the Sand Hill Watershed TMDL planning team.

Funding for this project is provided by the Sand Hill Watershed District through its TMDL planning funds.  top

 

Buffalo Red River Watershed District - Ongoing since 2011 

Water quality sites within the Buffalo Red River Watershed District are monitored on a monthly basis from April through October.  Samples are collected and analyzed for nutrients, sediment, BOD, E. coli, chlorophyll-a, ammonia, and chloride.  Data collected is used for stream assessments and TMDL planning purposes.

Funding for this project is provided by the Buffalo Red River Watershed District.  top

 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Pesticide Sampling - Ongoing since 2012.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Tier 1, Tier 2, and modified Tier 2 level sampling of selected sites in the Northern Red River Valley.  Samples will be collected between May 1 and September 30 of each year at 15 day intervals.  During each interval, storm flow periods are targeted for grab sample collection.  Between 50 and 82 samples will be collected at the MDA identified sites.  Sample numbers are dependent upon flow conditions during the monitoring period. 

Funding for this project is provided by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  top

 

Flood Damage Reduction – Water Quality Project – Ongoing since 2003

Water quality sampling of Flood Damage Reduction (FDR) Projects identified by local watershed project planning teams.  Monitor the inlet and outlet site at three (3) flood impoundments in the Red Basin (Brandt, Angus Oslo #4, and the PL566 project above Warren, MN). 

The project goal is to collect data to document nutrient and sediment loads entering and loads leaving the identified flood impoundments during the normal course of operation. Procedures, methods, and schedules are identified in the FDR Load Study QAPP.

Funding for this project is provided by the Minnesota Flood Damage Reduction Workgroup.  top

 

River WatchCitizen Stream MonitoringOngoing since 1995

The program incorporates training and monitoring of citizen volunteers to collect baseline water quality data in area streams.  Participants also receive leadership experiences thorugh public outreach efforts in their local communities.    Volunteers monitor local streams with state-of-the-art tools and learn field-based physical and biological ambient water quality analysis techniques to assist water managers in watershed health assessments.  Volunteers have monitored over 200 water quality sites across the Red River Basin for condition assessment. 

Funding for this project is primarily provided by the Red River Watershed Management Board and member Watershed Districts along with various State Grants.  top