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  1. Watershed Watch Community Science
  2. Watershed Watch Methods
    Introduction & What is a Watershed?
    1 Quiz
  3. How Do I Collect Watershed Health Data?
    How to Measure Stream Chemistry?
    4Topics
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    1 Quiz
  4. What is an Benthic Macroinvertebrate, How to Sample, What do they tell us about Watershed Health?
    4Topics
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    1 Quiz
  5. How do we Measure the Health of Riparian Areas
    7Topics
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    1 Quiz
  6. How to Measure Streamflow?
    5Topics
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    1 Quiz
  7. How to I Turn My Data Into Action?
    How to organize and interpret my data and develop findings?
  8. How to make a community presentation with my findings?
  9. How write a watershed management plan?
  10. We Calibrate Because We Care! ~ How to maintain and calibrate equipment
  11. How can I find work in the field of watershed science?
  12. How can I influence policymakers and turn my data into action?
Lesson 3, Topic 3
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Collection and data gathering

September 4, 2020
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Most students collect their water samples with school mates in a school-sponsored field trips.  You might find yourself in that kind of group or with a buddy doing sampling by yourself.  Please know that good data collection requires some preparation prior to going outdoors to collect your sample.  Make sure your instruments have functional batteries and the pH, TDS, and turbidmeters are calibrated since it is real bummer to make time to get to the river and not have reliable instruments.   Also make sure your glassware is clean and you have back up batteries in case the ones in the instrument fails.

The possibility of interference with good sampling collection can occur by NOT following the instructions, contamination of river water by people wading in the stream, or bring out instruments that are not working.

Make sure to pack a field data collection form Stream Chemistry Form 2018