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Flute Reed Volunteer Monitoring

Transparency tube data from the Flute Reed River is being collected as part of the MPCA's Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (CSMP).

The state uses transparency tube data to help determine where streams exceed water quality standards for “turbidity”- the murkiness of water. When stream turbidity is high, transparency is low. By establishing a scientific link between these two measures, transparency can be used as a surrogate for turbidity, allowing the water quality of more streams to be assessed using citizen help.

The reports on the right provide an in-depth look at the 2006 and 2009 results for the Flute Reed, including a map, summary statistics, and charts of the data.



NewFlute Reed River Watershed Monitoring Plan (2008 - 2010)
- 2.5 MB pdf file -