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Adopt A Water

The ADOPT A WATER program is a public services program for volunteers to pick up litter along shorelines of lakes, wetlands, ponds, etc. within Carver County.  It provides an opportunity for citizens to make a personal contribution towards keeping Carver County’s waters a “litter” bit better.  Individuals, community groups, churches, businesses and more can ADOPT A WATER by picking up trash along the shorelines twice a year.

To view more information, please read the ADOPT A WATER flyer.

Thank you to our current volunteers. Thank you to;

  • Northern Star Co.'s Green Team for adopting a section of East Chaska Creek.
  • Carver Coyotes 4H Club for adopting Grace Lake and part of East Chaska Creek in Chaska.
  • Ekstrom Family from NYA for adopting Barnes Lake and Brand Lake.
  • Pleasant Valley 4H for adopting Waconia Regional Park.
  • Target Corporation for adopting Lake Jonathon in Chaska.

 

2013 clean up

Community Clean Ups for Water Quality

Each autumn season battle algae and other water quality pollutant by participating in Community Clean-Ups for Water Quality.  Gather you neighbors, your friends, church groups, scout groups, schools and more and help clean up streets with leaves, grass clippings and other sources of phosphorus (leading cause of algae and lake greening).

CW raking leaves 
 

Citizen Monitoring Programs

This Citizen Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP). requires minimal volunteer time but provides necessary water quality data which is essential for managing Minnesota's water resources. Volunteers collect secchi depths once a week during summer in a designated spot.  The program belongs to MN Pollution Control Agency.

The Citizen Assisted Lake Monitoring Program (CAMP) is similar to the CLMP but more involved. Volunteers collect water quality samples, secchi disk depths, and provide a physical assessment of the lake's condition. This program is run through the Metropolitan Council.

 secchi disk
   
   

 

Form a Lake, Stream, or Watershed Association.

Citizen led groups known as stream, lake or watershed associations encourage taking action for lakes and stream protection and preservation. These organizations can meet frequently or minimally depending on their agenda. This is a wonderful way for citizens to get involved and learn about the water body influencing their every day life, and a wonderful opportunity to improve or preserve these natural resources. These associations an important part of water resource protection in Minnesota as they have the ability to influence policies affecting water resources and increase education for future generations.

Think about gathering your neighbors to increase interaction with each other and share goals to protect, preserve, and increase knowledge about water resources.

Our neighboring watershed district, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, has a great website on how to form a lake or river association.

Staff contact

Madeline Seveland
952-361-1026
mseveland@co.carver.mn.us

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