Citizen Monitoring: Educating and Engaging Citizens through Monitoring Activities
Utah Water Watch (UWW) is a water quality education and data collection program that seeks to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and promote stewardship of Utah’s aquatic resources.
Starting in 2012, UWW has trained 1,342 citizen scientists. Some volunteer feedback:
"It (Utah Water Watch) is interesting and fun. We have had four neighborhood children join us this year."
"I enjoy learning new things, gaining new skills, and making a difference in my community."
Utah Lake Watershed community sampling event.
BYU students and local citizens are working together to collect data used to identify pollutant sources throughout the Utah Lake Watershed. To collect all the samples in the same day and from hundreds of locations, they need a lot of volunteers to help out. Go here for details and to sign up!
Annual Volunteer and Partner Gathering
We had a small but fun group of volunteers and partners join us this year! There was
some excellent discussion about the sites volunteers monitor and about water quality
management in Utah.
It only gets more important as we move forward to have interested citizens and a strong volunteer base to help monitor Utah's waters.
Thank you volunteers!
All our volunteer data is now entered into the new database location on CitSci.org. If you have any questions about data entry or accessing old data, please contact us at email@example.com or 435-797-2580. Also, see instructions here for joining, submitting and viewing data.
While there continue to be some bumps during the process, we are excited about the additional features the new database provides for easy data entry, including photos and some nice tools for visualizing the data.
Utah Water Week!
Results are in, summary of UWW data during Utah Water Week.
Read our latest newsletter!
News about the starting monitoring season, Utah Water Week, harmful algae training and research and more! 2018 Summer UWW Newsletter