Get Certified as a Water Monitor
Interested in becoming a Volunteer Monitor?
When it is safe for our communities, we will resume hosting face-to-face certification workshops. While we are unsure of when this will be, we would still like to know who is interested so we can prioritize where we host workshops when we get back to business! Please fill out the Workshop Interest Survey and we will get in touch with you when workshops resume.
Citizens learn principles of AWW and how to monitor and evaluate physical, chemical and biological features of water. Workshops are offered throughout the state and carry Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Auburn University.
Visit Workshop Registration to view upcoming workshops, and to register.
Visit the Event Calendar to view upcoming events.
Water Chemistry Monitoring
Test physical and chemical characteristics of water to determine pollution sources and long-term trends in water quality. Six variables are measured with a customized test kit, and results can be compared with water quality standards that define conditions for healthy waterbodies. Here’s a list of the six variables:
- Total Hardness
- Total Alkalinity
- Air and Water Temperature
- Dissolved Oxygen
- Turbidity/Secchi Disk Depth
Detect levels of E.coli and other coliform bacteria in water as indicators of contamination. Determine if water is safe for drinking, swimming and aquatic life.
Assess stream health using “aquatic bugs” (macroinvertebrates) as water pollution indicators. Training combines the use of field collections and an environmental game that simulates a stream bioassessment.