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MPCA honors lake volunteers

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has recognized local volunteers for their efforts to help the agency keep track of the water quality of Minnesota lakes. These volunteers were presented with Volunteer Appreciation Awards for lon...

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has recognized local volunteers for their efforts to help the agency keep track of the water quality of Minnesota lakes. These volunteers were presented with Volunteer Appreciation Awards for long-term service in the MPCA's Citizen Lake-Monitoring Program.

The Citizen Lake-Monitoring Program is one of the MPCA's most successful volunteer partnerships, according to program coordinator Jennifer Klang. Volunteers take regular readings of water clarity in selected lakes by lowering a white metal disk into the water until it is no longer visible, then noting the depth.

Volunteers track their data through the open-water months and submit them annually to the MPCA.

Honored from our area were Doug and Barb Bosch, 10 years for Games Lake; Tom Taunton, 10 years for Lake Andrew; Marilee F. Druskin, five years for Lake Wakanda; Jon Gilmer, five years for Diamond Lake; Marvin Packer, five years for Norway Lake; Bill Schultz, five years for Diamond Lake.

For information about becoming a part of the Citizen Lake-Monitoring Program, call the MPCA at (651) 296-6300 or toll free at 800-657-3864 or check them out on the web at www.pca.state.mn.us/water/clmp.html .

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