Save Our Streams

The Izaak Walton League’s Save Our Streams (SOS) program helps people just like you check water quality in local creeks and streams.

Share your findings so we can get a clear picture of water quality across the country – the first step in crafting water quality solutions that work. 

We divided our monitoring options into modules (see below) so you can decide what to monitor based on your time, equipment, and training. These options are listed in order of increasing time and intensity but do not need to be completed in any particular order. The more different types of monitoring you do, the more you know about your stream health!

Get started with stream monitoring today!
   

Got data? Make it count! 

Share your stream monitoring data through the Clean Water Hub, where neighbors and policymakers can find it!

Clean Water Hub how-to

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Training

None needed. Get out there and snap some selfies!

Time

2 minutes or less!

Tools

Smart phone (or digital camera & computer)

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Training

None needed. Instructions are included in the test kit.

Time

2 minutes several times per year

Tools

Smart phone; chloride test strips 

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Training

None needed. Half-day training available. Instructions provided with data forms. How-to videos on YouTube.

Time

30-45 minutes each for chemical and physical monitoring; number of times per year varies
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Training

One-day training. (See schedule or request a workshop.)

Time

2-3 hours, twice per year

Tools

Biological monitoring equipment and data form