Water Quality Monitoring (WQM)
CSP focuses on monitoring streams of specific concern and also supports landowners or basic interest in monitoring. We offer level 1 trainings every spring. Monitoring requires an hour each month from May till October and is a great way to help out while getting outside!
Trainings for level 1 stream monitoring teach entry level volunteers how to monitor dissolved oxygen, temperature, transparency, streamflow, habitat, and macroinvertebrates using Water Action Volunteers (WAV) methods. Level 1 stream monitoring is an excellent way for everyone to participate in citizen science and to get to know their local waters better.
Other WQM trainings offered through WAV:
Level 2 stream monitoring brings volunteers to the next step in stream monitoring. At this level, dissolved oxygen and transparency, and sometimes pH, are monitored monthly between May and October on pre-determined dates. Continuous temperature monitoring devices, called thermistors are placed in the stream and record temperature every hour until they are removed from the stream and data is downloaded to a computer.
Level 3 Stream Monitoring involves research and special projects, which have a variety of focuses. Current Level 3 projects include:
Data collected gives us a baseline of stream health, which is critical for determining how various types of land use affects our watershed. Non-point source pollution such as agricultural runoff is the primary cause of water pollution in surface water.
Use the Surface Water Data Viewer to see data that has been collected in streams near you!
For more information on WQM contact CSP coordinator Meg Wise by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well Testing and Drinking Water
Private well owners should have their water tested annually. Visit the UW-Stevens Point Water & Environmental Analysis Lab webpage to find out more.
UW-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education’s Well Water Quality Viewer: Private Well Data for Wisconsin.
Check out Environmental Working Group’s National Drinking Water Database to see what could be in your water!