The Commission began monitoring Elm Creek and its tributaries in 1975 to track water quality and quantity conditions. The Commission conducts chemical, physical and biological monitoring of the streams and may periodically participate in special studies if a need is identified, or in larger projects such as a diagnostic-feasibility studies, as funding allows.
Both grab samples and storm runoff samples are collected and analyzed for various parameters. Analyses of the streamflow and water quality monitoring data for Elm Creek and its tributaries are summarized in the Commission's Annual Reports.
Real time data from the monitoring station in Champlin may be viewed on the USGS webcam. The following reports regarding the USGS Streamgage at Elm Creek near Champlin are also available: