Watershed Watch is a yearly event that occurs every fall. Look for 2016 Watershed Watch event information in late summer!
Individuals, families and groups can take part in the watershed-wide effort to collect water quality data along the shores of the Boise River, ponds, reservoirs and creeks. The event takes place in the fall at more than 20 sites from Lucky Peak to Caldwell, including Lake Lowell. By gathering water quality data, you will help us get a "snapshot" of the health of the Boise River and contribute to long-term watershed monitoring data. No experience necessary, just a desire to have fun and learn about your impacts to water quality. 2015 Final Report | 2015 Data Summary.
New in 2015, participants uploaded data into the ARC GIS Collector map to facilitate data sharing. The map allows the user to select the parameters that were sampled and view them as layers to see trends in the water quality data. In addition, a separate map showing historical Watershed Watch data collected from 2008-2015 can be viewed. Thank you to the College of Western Idaho’s staff and students who made this project possible!
How do I participate?
Participants must register to participate. We do our best to match your preferred area with a site and a water quality professional trainer to work with your group.
How do I conduct the monitoring?
A knowledgeable trainer will meet you at the site with supplies and provide testing instructions. Although the following videos are designed for trainers, participants may find them helpful in understanding water quality testing techniques. Select from the following topics:
- Trainer Introduction
- Water Quality Testing - Physical and Chemical tests
- Macro Invertebrate Collection and Initial Assessment
- Macro Invertebrate Assessment
Thank you Watershed Watch Sponsors!