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!

*Virtual Water Quality Monitoring Resources*

Water Quality Monitoring is going virtual! Click here to access the new Water Quality Monitoring Portal! Data will be uploaded site-by-site throughout October. Want to learn more about the portal and how to get the most out of it? Watch our video here!

Student Test Kits

Want a hands-on element to your portal investigation? Request a student test kit for the students in your class! Each kit contains two pH strips, a nitrate strip, data sheets and instructions.Check out these instructional videos for the pH and nitrate strips if your students need extra help.

Optional add-ons include a small sample of water from your site, and/or the materials to do our Seltzer Science experiment, which demonstrates the relationship between temperature and dissolved gases!

All of these resources are already embedded into the portal as well!

Interactive Journals/Data Sheets

To supplement the portal, you can add this Google Slide Interactive Field Notebook to your Google Classroom for your students. You can also add it to your own Google Drive and use for homeschooling or just for fun! It’s also available in PowerPoint format for those using Microsoft Products, and we also have printable versions of the journal in both fullsize and booklet (make sure to select ‘flip on the short edge’ when printing the booklet!) of the Field Journal available! Please note: for all of these journals, if you are NOT receiving student WQ kits from us, you’ll want to remove slides 11 and 13 before sharing with your students, as they are data sheets for the pH and nitrate strips in the kit. 

Want just the data sheet from the journal? We have it available as an interactive Google Slide or as a printable PDF.

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!


Additional Resources

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 (old version) 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.