WPLMN is a network of state and federal agencies, the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, state colleges and universities, and local partners that collect data on water quality and flow throughout the state.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) started the Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network (WPLMN) in 2007. This network of partners has been working to collect data in order to understand long-term water quality trends, and to observe changes over time. Fillmore SWCD has been an active partner in WPLMN since 2013.
The data from this program is used by the MPCA in studies as well as in 10-year plans called the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS).
The WRAPS are then used by local partners for planning and implementation of the best strategies to improve water quality in priority locations. The work of WPLMN is important for detecting whether water quality is improving or declining, tracking the impact of restoration and conservation work, and identifying sources of pollution and ways to reduce them.
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