Watonwan County Volunteer Rain Gauge Program has been collecting precipitation data for the Minnesota State Climatology office in St. Paul, Minnesota since 1984. Since the start, we have averaged 20 volunteer readers throughout the county gathering data. Currently in 2020 we have a total of 16 volunteer readers.
Watonwan County SWCD staff assists the state in collecting data at specified locations for stream monitoring. At these locations we collect water and pour into a sechhi tube to determine water clarity levels and assess the appearance & condition of the streams.
Our office has two locations which we stream sample once per week.