Citizen Science Projects: Water Quality

Bad River Watershed Monitoring Program

The overall objective of the BRWA Water Quality Monitoring Program is to establish at least a four-year baseline of water quality on the streams and rivers within our service area. The baseline data will be used to determine the overall health of watersheds and troubled spots will be investigated.

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The Bad River Watershed Association

Citizen Lake Monitoring Program

The goals of the Citizen Lake Monitoring Program are to collect high quality data, to educate and empower volunteers, and to share this data and knowledge.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Great Lakes FieldScope

The Great Lakes project invites participants to explore maps and graphs and contribute water quality data from across the Great Lakes watershed region. This web-based mapping and graphing collaboration tool is designed to engage students, volunteers, and citizens in Great Lakes science. FieldScope is part of a nationwide initiative to share, analyze, and interpret data.

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Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, FieldScope, National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society

Superior Citizen Stream Monitoring Program

The Superior Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (SCSMP) is a City of Superior program, developed in collaboration with the WI DNR and WI Extension’s Water Action Volunteer program. The SCSMP program combines the first-hand knowledge and interest of citizens with the technical expertise of local water resource specialists. Individual citizens, families, environmental groups, students and other volunteer organizations who want to learn about and improve the quality of local streams are encouraged to participate! All volunteers will receive the equipment, expert training, and oversight necessary to successfully sample the stream. We ask that volunteers commit to sampling once a month for a minimum of one season (approximately April-Oct.). Program Goals: Familiarity with City of Superior Streams/Watersheds Understanding of water quality parameters and impact on aquatic ecosystems Awareness of how land use affects water quality, especially as related to stormwater runoff and non-point discharges Understanding of stormwater infrastructure and relationship to local streams and Lake Superior Increased engagement and participation on City of Superior activities Changes in property management to prevent stormwater pollution

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City of Superior Stormwater Utility