There are several levels and types of monitoring available to volunteers to accommodate participants with different backgrounds and interests. Check out the different types of monitoring below.
Tier 1 Monitoring is our first stage of monitoring. This monitoring provides baseline data used for education and screening.
Tier 2 Monitoring is the advanced stage. Dedicated volunteers who consistently monitor their sites or those with a background in environmental monitoring, may progress to Tier 2 if they are interested.
These volunteers work with local watershed coordinators or Utah Division of Water Quality scientists to collect high quality data for assessment purposes. Tier 2 volunteers may accompany the watershed coordinator on their sampling trips to provide an extra hand or help with other projects as needed.
Volunteers monitor sites regularly and learn skills to identify if cyanobacteria (harmful algae) are present. Volunteers provide an important resource to notify the health department and state about concerns. In addition, some volunteers provide data to NOAA to build their satellite monitoring capabilities.