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Science Fair Ideas "Water Theme"
Citizen Science Monitoriong Projects related to Water in Minnesota

• Lake Assessment Program: Lake water quality surveys with a focus on nutrients and eutrophication. Includes termerature and oxygen profiles. Data and detailed reports available. Minnesota Pollution Agency,www.pca.state.mn.us/water/lakequality.html

• Citizen ice cover monitoring Program (IceWatch): ice-on and ice-off dates for several hundred lakes in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, State Climatology Office.climate.umn.edu/doc/ice_out/ice_out_historical.htm

• River Sentinels/River Watch: citizen volunteers monitor Minnesota's rivers and streams.www.minnesotawaters.org

• Citizen Stream Monitoring Program: water quality monitoring, water level and condition. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. www.pca.state.mn.us/csmp

• National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program: volunteers record weather observations where they live and work. www.nws.noaa.gov/om/coop

• Wetland Citizen Monitoring Program: volunteers assess vegetation and invertebrate populations in wetlands. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. www.mnwhep.org 









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