Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program

The Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program is one of the most popular activities of the Missouri Stream Team Program. The Missouri Stream Team Program is a partnership between the Department of Conservation, Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the citizens of Missouri.

Goals of the Stream Team Water Quality Monitoring program include:

  • Informing and educating citizens about the conditions of our streams.
  • Establishing a monitoring network.
  • Generating water quality data.
  • Enabling citizens.
  • Halting degradation of Missouri streams.

The volunteer program is flexible, offering different levels of involvement and commitment that build on each other. Volunteers are expected to share the knowledge they gain with their community, periodically monitor a stream and submit collected data in a timely manner. Volunteers begin by mapping their watershed, calculating stream discharge and submitting a site selection data sheet. This qualifies them to receive monitoring equipment so that they can submit macroinvertebrate data. With further training volunteers can learn to collect water chemistry data.

Volunteer data will be used to inform and educate Missouri citizens, establish baseline data on rarely sampled streams, locate emerging water quality problems and identify long term trends in stream conditions. Highly trained volunteers will collect data that may supplement agency-collected data.

Interactive Map of Stream Team Sites

Congratulations Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring! You are now on the map! Follow this link to the Interactive Map showing monitoring sites for the Volunteer Water Quality Monitors. Sites are updated quarterly. For questions on specific sites contact the Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program.

Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Workshops
There are currently five levels of training available to volunteers: Introductory, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Cooperative Stream Investigations. Workshops are offered statewide.

Cooperative Stream Investigations

The Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program offers opportunities for advanced monitoring projects for Level 2 and Level 3 monitors called Cooperative Stream Investigations. The goal of this program is to foster cooperation between the department, watershed management committees and volunteers to perform sampling for special projects. Parameters chosen for monitoring depend on the project and require a 2-3 year commitment. For more information contact Randy Sarver with the department's Environmental Services Program.

Contact Information

Stream Team
Karen Westin
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-526-1002

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