Water Quality Monitoring Resources


 Water Quality Monitoring Resources

Historical Water Quality Data

There will be a new map released shortly that will show each water quality site and all of the data ever collected there!  For now,  here’s the last couple of year’s data.  These can be useful for comparisons, making predictions about your monitoring, and identifying trends.

Here’s our first draft of our Water Quality Curriculum 

created in partnership with South Sound GREEN.  Let us know if you use any of it and what you think!

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 our 8 water quality parameters. Click on the picture or the link below.

 and dont forget the notesheet!  It’s right here…. WQ pptnotesheet_2015_16

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.