5.4 Monitoring and Data Collection
Hydrologic Data Program
To monitor progress toward meeting water quality and quantity goals, routine monitoring of water quality in Long Lake and water quality and volume in Long Lake Creek will continue to be a part of the District’s annual Hydrologic Data program. Mooney, Wolsfeld, and Holy Name Lakes should be considered for addition to the Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP) to establish baseline conditions. Monitoring these lakes every three to five years will provide sufficient information to assess changes in water quality and progress toward goals. The smaller lakes should be assessed using University of Minnesota/MPCA satellite data. Macroinvertebrate monitoring should be completed on Long Lake Creek every three years.
Lake aquatic plant monitoring provides information needed to manage aquatic plants, evaluate control measures, and plan for future actions. This monitoring is especially useful as water quality management activities are implemented and plant communities change in response to changing water quality. A baseline aquatic vegetation survey will be conducted and an aquatic vegetation management plan developed as part of the proposed Long Lake Internal Load Management Project feasibility study. The survey will be updated by staff/contractor every five years at an estimated cost of $8,000. Interim monitoring could be conducted by trained volunteers.
Wetlands with exceptional value vegetation are present in the subwatershed. Because of the importance to overall subwatershed ecological integrity of preserving these values, these wetlands will be regularly monitored for invasive species by staff or trained volunteers.