Metadata: Surface Water Stations - MPCA Environmental Data Access

Surface Water Stations - MPCA Environmental Data Access

This page last updated: 08/24/2018
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  1. Overview
  2. Data Quality
  3. Data Organization
  4. Coordinate System
  5. Attributes
  6. Distribution - Get Data
  7. Metadata Reference

Section 1: Overview

Originator:Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Title: Surface Water Stations - MPCA Environmental Data Access

Abstract: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) surface water monitoring station locations, including lake, stream, biological and discharge. Locations of United States Geological Survey (USGS) stream flow stations are also included. This data set was created as part of MPCA's Environmental Data Access project, which was designed to provide internet access to MPCA's surface water monitoring data. The data set contains locational data and limited attributes for all MPCA stream chemistry stations, MPCA lake monitoring stations, MPCA stream biology stations, MPCA permitted dischargers [National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits], and (locations only) of USGS stream flow stations. MPCA lake and stream monitoring stations are the same stations found in MPCA's EQuIS database.

Purpose: The data set was created as part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Environmental Data Access System, which allows for public access to surface water monitoring data.

Time Period of Content Date:

Currentness Reference: This dataset is updated nightly, and should reflect the current state of data in the associated MPCA enterprise databases.

Progress: In work

Maintenance and Update Frequency: Daily

Spatial Extent of Data: Minnesota

Bounding Coordinates: -97.250952

Place Keywords: Minnesota

Theme Keywords: surface water, water chemistry, water monitoring, water quality, surface water monitoring, monitoring stations, equis, biological monitoring, stream monitoring, lake monitoring, Citizen Lake Monitoring Program, Citizen Stream Monitoring Program, volunteer monitoring, citizen science

Theme Keyword Thesaurus:

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: None

Contact Person Information: Data Desk,
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd N
St. Paul, MN  55155

Browse Graphic: None available

Associated Data Sets:

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy:

Logical Consistency:


Horizontal Positional Accuracy: Unknown

Vertical Positional Accuracy: Unknown


Section 3: Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4: Coordinate System

Horizontal Coordinate Scheme: Universal Transverse Mercator

UTM Zone Number: 15

Horizontal Datum: NAD83

Horizontal Units: meters

Vertical Datum:

Vertical Units:

Depth Datum:

Depth Units:

Section 5: Attributes

Overview: Surface water monitoring sites from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Surface Water Data search.

Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
Internal feature numberESRI
The EDA station ID. This ID is unique within the application. It is a combination of the org_id and the id_code.
The MPCA waterbody ID code for the lake, stream or wetland that the monitoring station is located on.
The MPCA's waterbody name and a short description. Stream segments are described using landmarks. Lakes and wetlands are described using direction, distance, and city names.
The waterbody name.
The waterbody type. (Lake, Stream, or Wetland)
The USGS Hydrologic Unit Code, level 8, that the station is located within. These are also referred to as Minnesota's 80 major waterseds.
The source organization for the station. (MPCA, DOT, DNR, USGS, USFS/NPS, COE, EPA, Tribal Governments, WLSSD.
The station's ID as assigned by the source organization.
The station's name as assigned by the source organization.
A classification for the monitoring station. These station types dictate the web application's page layout. (lake, stream, biological, USGS, and discharge)
The earliest year from which sampling data are available through the EDA application.
The most recent year from which sampling data are available through the EDA application.
The most recent date from which sampling data are available through the EDA application.
The number of sampling events at this station. Both USGS flow monitoring stations and MPCA discharge monitoring stations incorrectly report zero. These stations have monthly, daily, and hourly sampling intervals.
The number of monitoring results from all sampling events at a station.
The federal county code.
The name of the county that the monitoring station is located within.
Longitude in decimal degrees.
Latitude in decimal degrees.
The URL for the station report in the EDA web application (Surface Water Data search).

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Publication Date: 08/18/2017

Contact Person Information: Ben Gosack, Spatial Data Manager
Minnesota IT Services, partnering with Pollution Control Agnecy (MNIT@MPCA)
520 Lafayette Rd N
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-757-2337

Distributor's Data Set Identifier:

Distribution Liability: Limitations: Although extensive effort has been made to produce error-free and complete data, all geographic information has limitations due to the scale, resolution, date and interpretation of the original source materials. Users should consult available data documentation (metadata) for this particular data to determine limitations and the precision to which the data depict distance, direction, location or other geographic characteristics. Data may be subject to change without prior notification.

No warranty: Data is provided "as is," without any warranty whatsoever, including but not limited to any warranty as to performance, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

Liability: The entire risk as to the results of the use of this data is assumed by the user. The MPCA is not responsible for any interpretation or conclusions made by those who acquire or use it. The MPCA shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, compensatory or consequential damages or third-party claims resulting from the use of this data, even if the MPCA has been advised of the possibility of such potential loss or damage. In states that do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, this data may not be used.

Ordering Instructions: This data can be downloaded from the Minnesota Geospatial Commons at :

Online Linkage: I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will either begin the download process, link to a service, or provide more instructions. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7: Metadata Reference

Metadata Date: 08/24/2018

Contact Person Information: Data Desk,
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
520 Lafayette Rd N
St. Paul, MN  55155

Metadata Standard Name: MGMG

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 08/24/2018
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