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 with the League, and we can get a clear picture of water quality across the country – the first step in crafting water quality solutions that work. We can also help you restore your stream to good health.

We have divided up our monitoring options into modules below, so you can decided what to monitor based on your time, equipment, and training. The options below 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!

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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)

SOS step 2_v2

   

Training

None needed. Instructions are included in the test kit.

Time

2 minutes several times per year

Tools

Smart phone; chloride test strips 

SOS step 3_v2

   

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