Minnesota routinely participates in the USEPA's national random surveys of lakes, streams, wetlands, and estuaries. These surveys occur on a rotating five-year basis. In the first NLA in 2007, Minnesota received 42 lakes as a part of the national draw and added 8 lakes to allow for state-based assessment. Several partnerships were established to help conduct the survey and prominent partners included Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and the US Forest Service (Superior National Forest). With aid of these partners, there were several significant add-ons to the national study. In 2012, these same partners and collaborations with the Red Lake and White Earth Bands contributed to a successful survey of Minnesota's lakes. Notable add-ons in 2012 included pesticides, emerging contaminants, and zooplankton. This series of reports focuses on lakes that are within the Red Lake Reservation and were sampled during the 2012 NLA.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency