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The Citizen-based Water Monitoring Network includes three levels to accommodate the varied interests and time availability of citizens. Everyone initiates participation in Level 1 (except under special circumstances).  After that, citizens can choose to participate in Level 2 or Level 3 projects.  Use the links below to learn more about the various programs offered within each level of the Network.

Level 3
Special projects

These are defined annually and will have a variety of focuses, thus, the type of citizen involvement will vary widely in this level of monitoring. In many cases, citizens will be asked to follow a specific monitoring schedule at specific locations, but citizens may also be asked to play different roles in monitoring than they have been asked to in other levels. In most cases, to participate in this level citizens should have monitored for one season at Level 1.
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Level 1

This level of monitoring is designed to:

•introduce citizens to the basics of water quality monitoring, and

•educate them about the connection between land use and the resulting effects on water quality.

Level 1 programs are currently available for lakes and streams. Citizens should monitor at this level for one season before progressing to either of the other levels. learn more ››

Level 2
Status and trends

This level of monitoring offers citizens a more intensive monitoring experience than level 1. Citizens will be asked to follow a specific monitoring schedule and often asked to monitor at specific locations. To participate in this level, citizens should have monitored for one season at Level 1. learn more ››





Quick Links to Programs: Citizen Lakes Monitoring Network, Clean Boats, Clean Waters, Water Action Volunteers, Big Eau Pleine River Project, Carpenter Creek Impaired Waters Monitoring, Crayfish Survey, Discovery Farms' Trained Local Samplers, E. coli Monitoring, Ephemeral Pond Monitoring, Independent Monitoring with Center for Watershed Science and Education, Family Level Macroinvertebrate Identification, Odonata Survey, Road Salt Monitoring, Rush River Project, Total Phosphorus Monitoring

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