Water Quality Monitoring Program
The Water Quality Monitoring Program (WQMP) is a consistent, long-term monitoring effort to measure water quality across Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River. This is a citizen-science initiative led by dedicated community volunteers. The program’s goals are to inform the public and provide high-quality scientific data that regulatory agencies can use when making water quality-based decisions for our local waterways. Each site is evaluated for 11 different biological, chemical, and physical tests, and monitoring occurs once a month from May through September.
Taking these measurements on a regular basis helps us understand local waterways and the overall health of our lake and river systems.
Anyone can become a WQMP volunteer! Interested volunteers must attend a WQMP training which occurs in April and early May before the monitoring season begins. Volunteers must be able to access their monitoring location by some form of watercraft (kayak, canoe, etc.). Training sessions for the WQMP will be posted on our “Upcoming Events” page when they are scheduled. For more information, email Becca Rodack, email@example.com