North St. Louis County FY15 Surface Water Assessment Grant (SWAG)
This project will collect water quality data for 31 sites (22 lakes and 9 stream sites) within the Rainy River Headwaters, Cloquet, and Vermilion major watersheds as part of the 10-year cycle for monitoring Minnesota's waters. Due to the large number and geographic extent of monitoring sites, North St. Louis SWCD (NSLSWCD) is subcontracting with Lake County SWCD and Koochiching County SWCD. An intern from the Vermilion Community College (VCC) Water Resources Program will be hired to conduct monitoring of 4 stream sites and 3 lake sites located between Ely and Virginia. An instructor from VCC will provide oversight for this intern. The sites to be sampled are predominantly in the service area of NSLSWCD and roughly 100 miles North and South of Virginia, centered between the subcontractors chosen by NSLSWCD for this and other MPCA contracts.