IdaH2O: Volunteers Monitor Stream Water

The IDAH2O Master Water Steward program was launched in 2010 and has 150 certified volunteers.

What IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Do:

Participants attend an 8-hour workshop that combines classroom instruction and hands-on fieldwork.

Once a volunteer becomes a certified IDAH2O Master Water Steward, they adopt a stream location to monitor regularly. Monitoring includes habitat, biological, chemical and physical assessments.  Results can be uploaded to store, organize,and share scientific data.

Public Data Sharing

All data collected is added to a public website. This data may help agencies determine water quality standards and priorities.

Benefits of IDAH2O Master Water Steward Certification

As an IDAH2O Master Water Steward, you:

  • Improve your understanding of watershed ecosystems, health and function

  • Increase your skill in water quality monitoring

  • Become part of an established monitoring effort

  • Gain water monitoring tools and resources

  • Improve your understanding of local water quality concerns

  • Make local water data available

  • Guide to University of Idaho Extension water quality programs, publications and the IDAH2O Master Water Steward program direction

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