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Downloads for current volunteers.

Field Data Form

Sampling Sites Map

Site Details (including lat/longs)

Citizens' Water Quality Monitoring Brochure (general progam information)

Citizens' Water Quality Monitoring - VOLUNTEERS

The most important asset to our program is our volunteers.

Whether you are interested in sampling or working in the lab, being a volunteer for Citizens' WQM is a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

No experience is necessary. We train you on site. Please contact if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or simply join us at the lab on any monitoring day.

Find the next monitoring date here.

Sample drop off and analysis is carried out the second Saturday of each month at the UC Center for Field Studies located on the historic South Shaker Farm within the Miami Whitewater Forest at 11053 Oxford Road (45030).

Find photos of Citizens' Water Quality Monitoring and our volunteers by visiting our page on facebook!

SAMPLERS

If you are interested in sampling, we provide 2 sampling bottles per site. One is for the bacteria test and the other is for the rest of the tests.

When taking samples:

  • Rinse the bottle and lid three times downstream of your sampling site so as not to disturb any sediment in the area you will be sampling.
  • Take the sample in moving water
  • Try to collect the sample from the middle of the water column, trying not to pull sediment from the bottom or floating material on the top
  • Fill out a field data sheet when you collect each sample
  • You will be asked to either pull samples in one large bottle or one large and one small bottle. Refer to your field data sheet for this information.
  • Label each bottle with the site id. Again you’ll find this info on the field data sheet.

We also have sampling sticks available to access hard to reach moving water. Most sites are at bridges where the land adjacent to the bridge is public property.

Samples should arrive at the lab between 9:00 and 11:00am. To conform to quality controls, all samples must be taken the morning of analysis.

If you'd like to see a demonstration of proper sampling technique, simply come to the next sampling day at the field station where we can do this on site at Howards Creek.

SAMPLE ANALYSTS

All volunteer analysis is done at the UC Center for Field Studies. Here we have access to a professional quality lab and equipment.

What to Expect When You Arrive at the Lab...

Mike Miller, retired UC biology professor, will give you an overview of our program and then take you on a tour of the lab, explaining the analyses we run and why. Analysts can then choose one test and perform it across all samples for the day. Mike will give thorough and easily mastered steps for the analysis you choose. We also have more challenging analyses for those experienced in lab techniques.

Lunch is provided.

Analysts should arrive at the UC Center for Field Studies around 10:30am. Analysis generally takes 2-3 hours depending upon the parameter being tested.

We have volunteers of all ages assist in the lab, from high school through retirees. The lab is an enjoyable and relaxed environment with music, conversation, and lunch!