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Chippewa River Longitudinal Transect Survey

Purpose

The Chippewa River Watershed Project (CRWP) is a joint powers entity with Board members comprised of a County Commissioner from each of the 7 counties in the watershed: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Swift, Pope, Stevens, Grant and Douglas. The watershed covers 1.3 million acres of land in these counties. There are 3 staff: Executive Director, Watershed Scientist, and Watershed Specialist. The purpose of the CRWP is to develop and implement plans to promote the orderly water quality improvement and management of the Chippewa River Watershed through information sharing, fund seeking, education, coordination, water quality/quantity monitoring and related support with regard to flooding (water quantity), soil erosion, protection of property, streams and lakes from sedimentation and pollution; and maintaining and improving the quality of water in the streams, lakes and groundwater and improving recreation and wildlife. The student employee will visit 242 Longitudinal Transect sites at least 3 times over the course of the monitoring season (summer) collecting relevant field data. Data will be entered into a database to be utilized in 2013 annual monitoring report document. Surveys of bank pins will be conducted to document soil erosion. In addition the CRWP will provide other opportunities to the student employee to broaden their knowledge of watershed management through attendance at conferences and/or workshops, as well as hands on experience. The project runs from 5/13 - 9/13.

Partners

Activities

A student summer employee for the summer monitoring season to conduct longitudinal transect surveys on the main stem of the Chippewa as well as tributaries of the Chippewa River throughout the summer. This involves gathering data at 242 sites on Transparency, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, buffer strip surveys and other visual observations. The student would also assist the CRWP Watershed Scientist with other water quality monitoring tasks and with surveying bank pins at 64 sites across the watershed.

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Outcomes

The project will have collected data at 242 sites providing an extensive picture of water quality across this large (1.3 million acres) Chippewa River Watershed.

Funding

Last updated 11-1-2006
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