Is a pen and paper your style?
Have you gone digital?
We will help you decide what the best way to sample is, how to sample,
and how to record information so that we can store your data and create something meaningful for your group and the watershed you live in.
how to monitor water quality
Every watershed is different and each stream within a watershed is different.
Some watersheds experience a lot of nutrient pollution from farms, some watersheds experience a lot of stormwater runoff from paved surfaces, some watersheds experience problems from abandoned mine drainage, and some watersheds experience all of these issues. Sampling and recording issues in your watershed can show both improvements and places to focus cleanup efforts. Your group may want to sample a mix of chemical, physical, and biological properties to get a complete picture of the health of your watershed.
Common Parameters Measured
by Watershed Groups
primary water quality issues
A NOTE: The first 3 causes listed relate directly to the umbrella term ‘Nonpoint source’ pollution (NPS), which is stormwater runoff. Point source pollution is from sources that can be pinpointed, such as discharge pipes, industrial facilities, and sewage treatment plants.