Using Water Quality Data
UWW staff members use this data to track water quality trends and changes over time. We use this data in presentations to state agencies, local communities, and for academic research. Some of the data has been gathered and displayed in graphs, charts, maps,and figures. Explore the graphs below.
The typical data link below has graphs, charts, maps, and figures of how one can better understand and interpret their data. Compare your data with these trends and with the standards designated by the state.
Tier 1 data is used to establish baseline information about the water body as well as for educational purposes. By looking at the data you have collected, you may be able to notice certain trends - how the data changes based on time of day or season or year to year.
Tier 2 data may be used to make assessments about the water body or determine successes of specific projects designed to improve water quality. Data collection follows strict operating procedures that ensure all of the data is collected using the same method.
For more information about what the different measurements mean, check out "Whats in Your Water"
For tips on interpreting your data and graphing, check out "Illustrating data".