What is the Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program?

It is an opportunity for citizens to learn about water quality and get involved in one of Missouri Stream Team's most popular activities. The program provides each volunteer with training and equipment for monitoring the physical, biological and chemical parameters of Missouri's rivers and streams.

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Monitoring News and Notes

How do I become a volunteer?

It’s very simple, but requires some time and commitment on your part.  The first step is to sign up for one of our Introductory workshops.  Please note the registration deadline for each workshop.  Space is usually limited for these training classes, so register early!

Can I test out or skip a workshop?

In short, no; the data collected by our volunteers is used by the sponsoring agencies and needs to be consistent in protocol.  So unless a volunteer has been trained by the Program and is using our standard equipment, we cannot use the data they collect.

Do not be offended; this is a quality assurance measure for us.  We have individuals from all walks of life, including engineers, professors, and our own staff that have gone through our training program.  We will not accept any data collected by anyone that has not gone through our courses.  This way we can say how our volunteers have been trained, what equipment they are using, etc.  

Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species when monitoring


Workshop Descriptions & Schedules


Review Sessions

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3


Cooperative Stream Investigations (CSI)