Special Monitoring Projects and Assessment

Special monitoring projects are conducted in support of water quality goals, often in cooperation with other interested agencies. Monitoring is also conducted in response to accidental wastewater spills or discharges that may affect surface waters in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

The Metropolitan Council led a cooperative effort to develop a water-quality model of the lower 40 miles of the Minnesota River. Five agencies joined the Council as sponsors, and many local stakeholders were involved. Enhanced monitoring and special field studies were conducted during 2004-2006. The model was developed and tested using extensive data from 1988 and 2001-2006, representing a wide range of river conditions. The Lower Minnesota River Model provides a tool for facility and watershed planning, load allocation studies, and water quality assessments. 

More information

For more detailed information, please see

Questions or comments about the LMRM?

Please contact Hong Wang at 651.602.1079 or hong.wang@metc.state.mn.us.


Data & Report Requests

    Older reports not available on our web site may be obtained by emailing a request to MCES