The Commission conducts lake and stream monitoring programs to track water quality and quantity conditions. The Commission began monitoring Elm Creek and its tributaries in 1975 and the lakes within the watershed in 1980. The Commission conducts chemical physical and biological monitoring of the streams and physical and chemical monitoring of lakes. The Commission may periodically participate in special studies if a need is identified or in larger projects such as a diagnostic-feasibility study of a lake, as funding allows.
Both grab samples and storm runoff samples are collected and analyzed for various parameters. Analyses of thestreamflow and water quality monitoring data for Elm Creek and its tributaries are summarized in the Commission's Annual Reports, found under the Commissions tab. Real time data from the monitoring station in Champlin may be viewed on the USGS website.
The primary goals of the Commission are to:
1. Protect, preserve, and manage surface water resources.
2. Manage public expenditures needed to study and control and/or correct flooding and water quality problems.
3. Educate and inform the public on pertinent water resource management issues and increase public participation in water management activities.
4. Establish more uniform local policies and official controls for surface water management.