PdTRA is back in the field for a summer of water quality monitoring!
2018 will be the second, and last, season for collecting water quality data throughout the watershed for the development of our second cycle Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Report (WRAPS). The first cycle took place in 2007 and this second cycle (that began in 2017) aims to give information on how/if water quality has changed over the last 10year as well as gain more information on more stream and lake sites that were not assessed in the first round on WRAPS.
This year PdTRA will be out on 3 different lakes and a number of sites of the Pomme de Terre River and its major tributaries (Pelican Creek, Muddy Creek, and Drywood Creek). Helping out with the motioning this season is our new 2018 Seasonal Technician, Mitch Fox, an Environmental Studies student at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Other projects the Pomme de Terre is looking forward to this summer includes the completion of a Dam removal project that began last year, the continuing progress of our One Watershed, One Plan including public input meetings, and the closing out of our 2014 Federal 319 Grant that has allowed us to implement best management practices, offer educational experiences to adults and youth, and additional water quality monitoring.
As the weather really starts to warm up and our rivers flow steady-up from the winter runoff, PdTRA is working on hosting our summer kayaking events in Northern and Southern portions of the watershed that will take place near the end of June / beginning of July. Stay Tuned!