Volunteering at UWW
UWW is a free program and is open to volunteers of all ages. Volunteering is a fun way to learn more about water quality and help protect lakes and streams in Utah. UWW has tiers for every level of interest and ability. You can either volunteer as an individual, a group leader, or entire group. Examples of potential volunteers include:
- Teachers and students
- Boaters, fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts
- Church / Community Groups
- Both rural and urban residents
If you have an interest in lakes or streams and would like to learn more about the water quality and help monitor, then you should be a volunteer!
UWW is a flexible program that needs small repeated time commitment to monitor a site. Volunteers first fill out a volunteer registration form, then attend a workshop to learn why we monitor and how to measure water quality in lakes and streams. UWW works with volunteers and watershed coordinators to plan for each site.
- About 30 minutes per site visit - not including travel time.
- A minimum commitment of monitoring a field site once a month for seven months out of the year (usually April to October).
- Volunteers may monitor more frequently if desired or needed to meet monitoring objectives.
Water is an essential natural resource that all people, animals, and plants need to live. Volunteer monitoring helps measure the condition of water quality in lakes and streams so we can manage our resources.
Water is used for:
Irrigation and Agriculture
Volunteering with UWW has many benefits:
- Gain an in depth understanding of why water quality is important.
- Hands on experience recording water quality data to monitor conditions
- Help protect local lakes and streams
- Help state agencies manage water bodies by sharing data
Utah has great need for water quality monitors. Even though this is a dry state, there are over 2,000 lakes and almost 15,000 miles of permanent streams. We need your help to effectively monitor Utah's water quality.
UWW will train its volunteers about watershed science and how to sample and measure water quality in lakes and streams. Volunteers will use both qualitative visual assessments and quantitative measurements using standardized methodologies and equipment. Water quality parameters include: