10-Year Water Quality Monitoring Plan

The District has adopted a new format for its water quality monitoring planning. To match the format of the new Revised Management Plan, the District will be adopting a 10-year plan as opposed to the previous annual plans. An annual Work Plan will still be produced to allow for response to new issues in the District. This new format will help to establish a consistent data-set to track changes and trends. Please feel free to review and comment on the below plan.

Please submit comments to adam.mortenson@arvig.net


10-Year Monitoring Plan


2020 Monitoring Work Plan

2020-2029 Revised Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan approval process update:

The 60 day comment period has ended and the District has incorporated proposed changes into the plan based upon comments received from MN Board of Water and Soil Resources, MN Department of Natural Resources, and MN Pollution Control Agency. A public hearing was held by MN Board of Water and Soil Resources Technical Committee on Thursday January 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Becker County Commissioners Chambers, Detroit Lakes, MN. 

The following is the updated plan which incorporates changes made from comments received during the 60 day comment period.

2020-2029 Revised Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

Appendix A: Land and Water Resources

Appendix B: Lake Report Cards

Appendix C: Input for Plan Partners

Appendix D: District Rules

Appendix E: Wenck LMP-01 Project Plan

2020 Summer Water Resource Technician

Working at the Pelican River Watershed District is an excellent opportunity for students in the natural resource field to gain valuable experience. We offer the opportunity to gain valuable experience and connections in the State of Minnesota. The main focus of our summer intern program is water quality monitoring and aquatic vegetation monitoring. Water Resource Technicians will gain hands on experience in aquatic plant identification, water quality sampling in lakes and streams, and stream geomorphology. Technicians will also have the opportunity to participate in outreach events to educate the public on conservation of water quality. Technicians will have the opportunity to work with other local agencies to gain experience in related fields. For example, technicians from previous years have helped the DNR with goose banding and electrofishing. Work will be mostly outdoors and away from the office. We offer the opportunity to learn in the field the basics of managing aquatic systems. Be prepared for a summer on the lakes, a thing most people only dream of!

Job Posting


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the collection of lake and stream water quality samples using various sampling tools.
  • Install, operate, and maintain automated monitoring equipment.
  • Assist with the data collection of various research projects. 
  • Conduct field inspections and inventories of shoreline condition of lakes, streams, and drainage systems using GIS equipment.
  • Conduct aquatic vegetation surveys.
  • Participate in outreach and educational events.
  • Perform additional administrative and/or field duties as assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in bachelor or graduate degree program in the biology, hydrology, geology, environmental science, ecology, or other natural resources related field (preference given to students returning to school in the fall of 2020);
  • Ability to walk on uneven terrain, lift up to 50 pounds;
  • Work in inclement weather;
  • Wade in rivers and streams;
  • Operate a boat/motor and trailer;
  • Valid driver’s license with means of transportation for business if necessary; proof of insurance required; 
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;

Desirable Training and Experience:

  • Highly organized and detail oriented;
  • Experience with environmental field work;
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Experience with GIS computer software;
  • Basic understanding of aquatic ecology, limnology, and hydrology principles.


  • $11-$13 hourly wages.
  • Flexible start and end dates (mid-May to late-August).
  • Full-Time (40 hrs/week), typically 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday.
  • Housing not provided, but assistance finding local housing may be available.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and job application to the address below or by email to prwdinfo@arvig.net
Closing date: 2/21/2020 or until filled

The Ice is on!

Big Detroit Lake iced-over on Tuesday, November 12, about 9 days earlier than the average of 109 years of records, and about 15 days earlier than November 27, the mean ice-over of the preceding 20 years.  The earliest recorded ice-over was October 25, 1919, and latest December 16, 1999.

This year's ice-in event followed a relatively short open water season, which at 200 days, was almost four weeks shorter than the average of the last  20 years.  In 1950 Lake Detroit had it shortest ice-free season, three weeks less open water than this year.  On the other hand, 2016, the longest, was ice-free two months longer than this year.

It is also noteworthy that the level of Detroit Lake is near its high for the year, and it is higher at this time of the season than it has been in any of the last 25 years for which we have comparable records.  When lake levels were near such high levels in the past, spring lake levels commonly rose even higher.  Ice and wave caused erosion of many of Detroit's beaches seems very likely.

Dick Hecock   11/12/19

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