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Water Quality Monitoring of Lakes, Ponds, and Wetlands

The City monitors the water quality of lakes, ponds, and wetlands in several ways. Reports for several lakes can be found on the menu on the left.

Citizen Scientists
Secchi disk.jpg Volunteers are vital to Burnsville's water quality data collection efforts on lakes and wetlands. Two programs provide valuable data to the City for its surface water management program.

Dakota County's Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) program utilizes volunteer citizen scientists to gather data about wetlands. Visit the WHEP website to see wetland monitoring reports and to learn how you can become part of the Burnsville WHEP team!

Volunteers in the Metropolitan Council's Citizen-Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP) monitor eight Burnsville lakes, including, Crystal, Keller, Lac Lavon, Alimagnet, Sunset Pond, South Twin, Earley, and Wood Pond. They collect water samples and data such as water clarity and temperature. To see the CAMP lake water quality reports, please visit the CAMP website.

Below is a table the summarizes the CAMP water clarity data collected in the past several years, as well as averages and goals for each lake. Water clarity indicates how far sunlight penetrates into the water column and can be a good indicator of lake health.


Summary of Lake Clarity Measurements

LAKE  Parameter 2015 2016 2017 3-YR AVG. GOAL
Alimagnet meters 0.8 0.7 0.7  0.7 1.3
  feet 2.6 2.3 2.3 2.6 4.3
             
Crystal meters 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.2 2.1
  feet 7.2 7.2 7.5 7.3 6.9
             
Earley meters 1.8 1.7 1.4  1.6 1.7
  feet 5.9 5.6 4.6 5.4 5.6
             
Keller meters 0.7 1.0 0.9  0.9 1.8
  feet 2.3 3.3 3.0  2.7 5.9
             
Lac Lavon meters 4.2 4.4 4.4  4.3 3.6
  feet 13.8 14.4 14.4 13.8 11.8
             
Sunset Pond meters 1.4 1.8 2.4  1.9 1.7
  feet 4.6 5.9 7.9  5.9 5.6
             
Twin South meters 1.8 1.9 2.2  2.0 1.4
  feet 5.9 6.2 7.2  6.3 4.6
             
Wood Pond meters 2.5 1.8 1.3  1.9 1.7
  feet 8.2 5.9 4.3  6.1 5.6
             



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