Water Quality Monitoring Resources

 Water Quality Monitoring Resources

Here is a link to our newest Water Quality Monitoring Manual. For any teachers who have relied on the older version of the manual, we have left those resources up while we transition to the new one.

Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring

Not sure where to begin? Check out our introductory video to find out more about water quality monitoring and how to get started!

Historical Water Quality Data

Check out our new map that shows each water quality site and all of the data ever collected there!  Also, here’s the last couple of years’ data.  These can be useful for comparisons, making predictions about your monitoring, and identifying trends.

Here’s the first draft of our Water Quality Curriculum created in partnership with South Sound GREEN. Let us know if you use it and what you think!

What is it like to do Water Quality Monitoring? Check out these WQ Instructional Videos, one for each test! Thanks to our project partner, South Sound GREEN, for making them!


Water Quality Monitoring Manual

All of our favorite resources to prepare for, conduct and reflect on your water quality monitoring day are in one spot. Check it out!

Click the links below to find the specific Water Quality Manual sections you need!

Table of Contents

Section I- Preparing for Monitoring

Section II- Tools for Monitoring Day

Section III- Understanding Your Monitoring Results

Section IV- Appendix

Here is a great PowerPoint presentation to introduce your students to water quality testing, and the 8 water quality tests they will do.

How are nutrients affecting Puget Sound and where are they coming from?  Read this article from the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound through University of Washington to learn all about it!

Drain Rangers for grades 3-5 and Engineering Solutions: Investigating Polluted Stormwater Runoff in Secondary Grades Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one threat to the water quality of the Puget Sound. The purpose of the Drain Rangers! and Engineering Solutions curricula and materials is to develop and cultivate an understanding of the serious issues facing our community from stormwater runoff and to share specific actions we can take to improve the quality of our water. In these units, students will utilize problem solving models to replicate the thinking process of engineers addressing polluted stormwater runoff.

Water Quality Testing Introduction Activity Use this brief reading, questions and x-word to review major water quality concepts.

WQ Practice Equations Mode? Median? Mean? Use this worksheet to review calculations for each water quality testing parameter.

Here’s a link to the EPA’s “Surf Your Watershed” with water quality monitoring data generated by NREP teachers and students. Click on Water quality monitoring data from this watershed (Provided by STORET)

Island Wood Sakai Stream Curriculum Island Wood Homewaters Program created this stream monitoring curriculum that can be adapted for use at your own monitoring sites! This five week, 15 lesson unit culminates in an engineering project.

Stream Ecology Power Point Made by our friend at Washington Department of Ecology, here’s another powerpoint to introduce your students to water quality monitoring.

Fall Nisqually River Journal Here’s a great resource that you can customize for your water quality site and use on your monitoring day field trips.

The Living River The Living River is one in a series of educator’s guides for the Nisqually River Basin. This project was produced by NREP with funding from Washington Department of Ecology’s Centennial Clean Water Fund and support from the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Yelm Community Schools. This resource will help students develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, this beautiful watershed, and motivate them to wisely manage its unique environmental economic and cultural resources. Washington State’s Department of Ecology’s “Citizens Guide to Monitoring and Understanding Lakes and Streams

Nisqually Watershed Program 2012-2013: Yelm Community Schools outline of their involvement with NREP, EALR alignment and suggested salmon lessons to accompany the water quality monitoring and habitat restoration work for all 5th grade classes in the district.