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Water: Monitoring & Assessment

Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality - Volunteer Monitoring

Across the country, trained volunteers are monitoring the condition of their local streams, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. EPA encourages all citizens to learn about their water resources and supports volunteer monitoring because of its many benefits. Volunteer water monitors build community awareness of pollution problems, help identify and restore problem sites, become advocates for their watersheds and increase the amount of needed water quality information available on our waters.

Fact sheets


Directory of Volunteer Monitoring Programs/Where You Live

National Volunteer Monitor Newsletter

  • The Volunteer Monitor - Past and current issues of The Volunteer Monitor, a national newsletter published twice yearly. This project has been partially funded under cooperative agreement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation of use.

Listserve for Program Coordinators

  • The Volmonitor Listserver connects volunteer water monitoring program coordinators nationwide by serving as an internet forum for questions, announcements, and discussion on topics of interest to the volunteer monitoring community.

Volunteer Methods Manuals



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