Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP)

Volunteers needed to monitor water quality

About the Program

The Citizen-Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP) is a Metropolitan Council - Environmental Services program where citizen volunteers monitor water quality in the Twin Cities metro area. A total of 185 CAMP lakes were monitored in 2010.

In Bloomington, the following lakes are monitored: Bush Lake, Normandale Lake, and Lower Penn Lake.

On a bi-weekly basis (April-October), each volunteer collects a surface water sample for laboratory analysis of total phosphorus, nitrogen, and chlorophyll-a, obtains a Secchi transparency measurement, and provides some user perception information about the lake's physical and recreational condition.

The main purpose of CAMP is to provide the City and other water managers with water quality information that not only helps us properly manage these resources, but also helps document water quality impacts and trends. Volunteers increase their awareness of their lake's condition and some even go on to more active approaches in protecting, promoting support, and managing their lakes.


The Watershed District recruits lakes and interested volunteers for CAMP. To learn more about the program and how you can get involved visit the Nine Mile Creek Watershed Districts website.

Additional Information

For more information visit the EPA - Volunteer Monitoring website.