Help Measure the Health of Our Local Streams
Become a Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer!

How does water quality monitoring work?

Several local organizations rely on citizen scientists to take water quality measurements in local streams!  Volunteers receive all the training they need, no prior knowledge is required.  Typically, each sample site is visited once a month on a Saturday.  At each visit, measurements of water quality parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, and pH will be taken in the field, and a sample will be returned to a lab for further testing. Volunteers may need to attend a training session, or simply show up on the first day of the sampling for onsite training. Programs vary by organization, see the links below for more info. The season typically runs from early spring through late fall, with a concluding presentation or report being made in the winter to show the year's results. Consider joining one of these groups to learn more about your local watershed!

Organizations offering citizen water quality monitoring opportunities:

Note: Most groups have events throughout the year, so feel free to contact them at any time. Winter is a great time to ask about opportunities in the coming Spring!

Butler County Stream Team (multiple watersheds)
Click here for more info

Great Miami River Volunteer Water Quality Program
Rivers Unlimited
Click here for more info

Licking River Watershed Watch (Northern Kentucky)
Click here for more info

Mill Creek Water Quality Monitoring
Mill Creek Alliance
Click here for more info

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