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SWIMS help guides
About the SWIMS database.
SWIMS data model
Projects, monitoring stations, fieldwork events, finding data.
Surface water viewer
Great Lakes data
Beach stations, projects, grants, and data.
River & stream data
Stations, projects, results.
Wetlands data
Wetlands data in SWIMS.
Aquatic invasives
Aquatic invasives in Wisconsin.
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Explore citizen lake monitoring datasets.
Citizen stream data
Volunteer stream monitoring.
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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. 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 contact

Ilana Haimes
Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program Level 2 and 3 Coordinator – Bureau of Water Quality
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phone: 608-266-3599

For help in using SWIMS, contact Matt Rehwald.

Last revised: Friday March 31 2017