Monitoring Our Local Waterways
One of our core programs, our Water Quality Monitoring Program (WQMP) is a consistent long-term monitoring effort to measure water quality in Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River.
This effort is driven by the power of citizen science! Each year, our dedicated volunteers complete the required citizen scientist training in order to be able to properly collect water quality data and samples. Since 2012, this citizen science initiative has tracked changes to water quality conditions at designated sites across our lake and river, gathering critical water quality information from May through September each year.
By continually monitoring year after year, this program is building a solid understanding of local waterways by documenting current water quality conditions and creating a reference point for any future changes that may occur.
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.