Watershed Watch!

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Date: September 30, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Various sites along the Boise River from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Caldwell

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 13 sites from Lucky Peak to Caldwell's Whittenberger Park. 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.

Historical Watershed Watch data from 2008-2015 can be viewed in a ARC GIS map created by College of Western Idaho.  The GIS visualization created by Rebecca Flock and Zach Sanchez at CWI was made possible by the NSF Idaho EPSCoR Program and by the National Science Foundsation under award number IIA - 1301792.

Specfic yearly data can be requested by contacting Boise Watershed. Interested in last year's results?
View 2016 Final Report

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. Registration opens in the fall.

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:

  1. Trainer Introduction
  2. Water Quality Testing - Physical and Chemical tests
  3. Macro Invertebrate Collection and Initial Assessment
  4. Macro Invertebrate Assessment


Thank you Watershed Watch Sponsors!

City of Boise logo Partners for Clean Water Meridian Logo Bureau of Reclamation logo
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City of Caldwell logo USGS logo


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