Confirm that a governmental entity (watershed district/organization, county, MPCA, DNR, MDH) is routinely sampling water quality/clarity in at least one location within the city/city’s watershed.
Post on the city website water quality/clarity data (or a link to data) available for the city/city’s watershed.
Recognize on the city website at least one person who is a volunteer water monitor, and assure that they are routinely sampling a river or lake or wetland in at least one location within the city/city’s watershed and sending results to the MPCA; include water quality data and descriptive narrative relevant to proposed projects that will be located in shoreland areas in staff reports for all land use applications (variances, CUPs, plats/PUDs, etc.).
Who's doing it
Hutchinson - 3 star
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2003
Our wastewater treatment facility volunteers to monitor 3 surface water sites through MPCA. These sites are monitored for clarity and other factors of quality. Samples are taken which are tested for pH and BOD. These findings are available on the MPCA website under Lake and stream water quality data.
The Coon Creek Watershed District and the Anoka Conservation District conduct monitoring/sampling in the city. We also have a lake area association (private residents) that monitor and perform projects on Crooked Lake (funded by the residents, grants, and cities of Andover & Coon Rapids).
In partnership with our 2 watershed districts governing regions within City boundaries, the Nine-mile Creek Watershed District and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District provide and continuously document water quality and clarity monitoring data which is available to the public on each of the District's websites. Annual water monitoring reports are published each year and are made accessible to the public.
The City began monitoring the water quality in McColl Pond in 2020 and the City has been monitoring 4 stormwater ponds throughout the City starting in 2019. The Credit River and Eagle Creek are currently monitored by the Metropolitan Council since the early 200s. The City will evaluate the water quality data to help guide future decisions regarding the management and protection of its water resources.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The continuous monitoring at Eagle Creek and Credit River shows long-term water quality trends regarding stream flows and chlorides, which may make the City realize how changes in land use or land use practices might be impacting overall stream health, etc.