Stream Data Statistical Analaysis
Monitoring of streams has occurred in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) since 1968, with significant expansions in monitoring intensity occurring since the late 1990s. One of the goals of the MCWD Water Quality Program (as noted in the MCWD 2013 5-Year Monitoring Plan) is to provide data to “maximize efficiencies in monitoring frequencies, locations, and events.”
Monitored stream parameters of concern include temperature (TEMP), dissolved oxygen (DO), conductivity (COND), pH, soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP), total phosphorus (TP), and total suspended solids (TSS). These parameters are typical for stream sampling, and go back to 1968 for certain MCWD stations. MCWD stream sampling frequency is typically every week from March to early November.
The specific objective of this report is to assess the number of monitoring stations on the selected streams listed and make recommendations for anchor site(s) that best represent the health of the stream for Minnehaha Creek, Painter Creek, Long Lake Creek, and Classen Creek.