The IDAH2O Master Water Steward program launched in 2010 and has over 500 certified volunteers.
What IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Do
Participants attend a two-part workshop that combines about three hours of online or classroom instruction with about three hours of hands-on fieldwork.
Once a volunteer becomes a certified IDAH2O Master Water Steward, they can adopt a stream location to monitor regularly. Monitoring includes habitat, biological, and chemical/physical assessments.
Public Data Sharing
All data collected is added to a public website. This data may help agencies determine water quality standards and priorities.
Benefits of IDAH2O Master Water Steward Certification
As an IDAH2O Master Water Steward, you:
- Improve your understanding of watershed ecosystems, health and function
- Increase your skill in water quality monitoring
- Become part of an established monitoring effort
- Gain water monitoring tools and resources
- Improve your understanding of local water quality concerns
- Make local water data available
- Guide UI Extension water quality programs, publications and the IDAH2O Master Water Steward program direction
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