How much time does it take?
UWW is a flexible program that needs a small repeated time commitment. Volunteers attend a workshop to learn about watershed science and how to measure water quality in lakes and streams. UWW works with volunteers to craft their own monitoring plans for each site.
In general, measuring water quality in the field, recording, and reporting the data will take about half an hour for each visit. UWW requires a minimum commitment of monitoring a field site once a month for seven months out of the year. Most volunteers monitor from April to October. Volunteers are able to monitor more frequently if desired or needed to meet their monitoring objectives.