Experienced Stream Monitor

The Izaak Walton League believes every American has the right to know whether the streams in their communities are safe for kids to play in, dogs to splash through, people to fish in, and more. That’s why we created the Clean Water Challenge – to help people monitor local streams and alert the right people when there are problems.

Volunteer stream monitors are vital to the health of waters across the country, and we appreciate your efforts to protect local streams and rivers. There are a few more steps you could take to help monitor and improve stream health:

Exp Stream Monitors
  • Take More Stream Selfies: One of our Clean Water Challenge goals is to document all the stream sites being monitored by volunteers today. It will be the very first national map of stream monitoring! So thank you for taking your first Stream Selfie. It helps us achieve that goal and shares with America a stream that matters to you! If you are monitoring water quality at multiple sites, posting selfies from those sites would be tremendously helpful. (If you know of other sites that should be monitored, feel free to share those on Stream Selfie too – it will help us flag sites that need to be adopted.)

  • Submit Your Stream Data: Not only do we have a map of stream sites, we have a map of stream data! The League’s nationwide Save Our Streams database captures information gathered through physical, chemical, and biological monitoring across the country. Check out our data map and apply for a user account to get started.

  • Get Certified: In many states, being a certified monitor means your stream data can be used for more purposes by state agencies. Are you a certified stream monitor? If not, contact the person who trained you to ask if they can certify you. If not, contact the League’s Save Our Streams Coordinator, who can let you know about training workshops happening in your area.

  • Monitor More Stream Sites: There will always be more streams that need monitoring. If you could adopt just one more site to track the health of that stream, you will bring us one site closer to our goal of monitoring 100,000 more streams by 2022!

For more information on our efforts to expand volunteer stream monitoring and additional resources for stream monitors, visit our Clean Water web page. Questions? E-mail the League’s Save Our Streams Coordinator.