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Atlas data, webinars, reports
About Wisconsin's waters.
Standards
Goals for water resources.
Monitoring
Monitoring water quality.
Assessments & reporting
Evaluating condition.
Planning
Planning for water quality.
Management
Managing water resources.
Contact information
For information on this page, contact:
DNRSWIMS@Wisconsin.gov

Volunteer stream monitoring

Each year, hundreds of citizens throughout Wisconsin assess water quality in our state's streams, helping to understand and protect these water resources and aquatic life within them. The DNR works in partnership with UW-Extension to coordinate Wisconsin's volunteer stream monitoring program. The program offers citizens three levels of participation to accommodate people's time and interests.

  • Level 1, Water Action Volunteers, introduces citizens to the basics of monitoring and connections between land use and water quality.
  • Level 2, status and trends monitoring, contributes significantly to the DNR’s water quality monitoring dataset.
  • Level 3, for experienced monitors, offers more in-depth opportunities for contributing information to resource decision making.

For more information about volunteer stream monitoring, contact Ilana Haimes.

Last revised: Tuesday October 30 2018