The Student Watershed Monitoring Network is a partnership of the City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center and Clark County’s Clean Water Division. Our goal is to train students and teachers to monitor water quality and habitat in a Clark County stream, lake, river or wetlands. Volunteer monitors contribute hundreds of hours to understanding and protecting one of the community’s biggest assets: surface water. Monitoring often leads to action projects that protect the watershed and promote stewardship.
School monitoring teams visit their local waterways to answer questions such as: What lives in the water? How cold is the water? More experienced monitors may seek to find the answers to questions such as: What makes the water cloudy and warm? What upstream activities have caused the impact downstream? In May each year, about 200 of the student monitors gather each year to share their findings with each other and the community at our annual Watershed Congress.
The Watershed Monitoring Network is aligned with Washington’s Grade Level Expectations and helps prepare students for the annual assessment, known as the Washington Academic Learning Requirements. Visit the project website to learn more about this project: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/watershed-monitoring-network
Funding to support the development of this project site with FieldScope comes from the Clark County Clean Water Restoration Grant from LCFRB, #17-03.
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