Monitoring and Data Production
Water quality monitoring is the most common form of citizen science activity among watershed and waterbody protection organizations. Most organizations dedicated to their local waters participate in water quality monitoring activities at some level. Many organizations monitor because they want to know the quality and condition of their local waterbody and the aquatic communities that live there. Volunteer water monitoring is also a popular and effective public engagement and education vehicle, and a great way to connect communities and students with their local waters. Citizen scientists are also capable of performing monitoring at higher, professional levels, helping them prioritize and measure the effectiveness of restoration activities, contribute to our understanding of the health of our waters, and providing data that allows pollutants to be identified and streams to be assessed for their health under the Clean Water Act.
Study Design / Developing a Monitoring Plan – Coming Soon!
Find resources on monitoring study design, ensuring quality of the data you collect, methods, equipment, and technologies for monitoring programs.
Find links and resources to help you develop a quality assurance project plan for your monitoring programs.
Methods and Equipment for Monitoring – Coming Soon!
Find external resources for methods or equipment and catalogued examples for your most common parameters.
Find apps designed for different aspects of water quality modeling that you can either adopt or use as a model for developing your own apps
Between government, research, and the private sector, advancements in monitoring technologies are being made every day. Learn about major areas of development and new technologies to help you collect your data.