How are volunteers trained?

After submitting a volunteer registration form the next step is to attend a training workshop to become a certified volunteer.  In the workshop volunteers will learn:

  • Scientific method, ethics, and safety
  • Clean Water Act, Beneficial Uses of water in Utah, and water quality standards
  • Watershed science
  • Point source and non-point source pollution
  • The importance of water quality and threats to lake and stream health
  • Why we monitor water quality
  • In the field operating procedures and methods to monitor water quality
  • Quality Control / Quality Assurance
  • How to record and report data collected
  • Proper uses of data

Workshops combine learning in the classroom with hands on experience in the field so volunteers can master the techniques and understand the science behind the measurements. Workshops allow for volunteers to ask questions and interact with scientists and local water managers.

Workshops are generally held every spring.  UWW staff hold workshops throughout the state.  After filling out your volunteer registration form a UWW staff member will contact you about opportunities to attend workshops.  Volunteers can attend pre-scheduled workshops or work with the program coordinator to set-up one. Check the calendar to see if any training workshops will occur near where you live.

Why should we monitor?