Question: I am interested in testing local water quality myself in river. Where can I start?

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by Agaa | November 11, 2020 19:31 | #25046

For conducting a student project, I am interested in testing river water quality in my city, what do you think would be the best way to conduct the research in a small team. The main question we want to investigate is what impacts the most quality of the water


Hi. I'm not an expert, but I have some experience. There are many aspects of water quality; turbidity, pH, metals, pesticides, and, what I know most about, bacteriological quality analysis. We probably need to know your motivation; is this river threatened by industrial pollution, or by other kinds of pollution?

I've co-written this "Water Checklist" which was designed for Engineers Without Borders engineers for they kind of work they do in low and middle income countries; it may be relevant to you, though your interest may be different:

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Thanks @robertlread ! This is a great guide. I left a question on your Google Doc.

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Most states already have volunteer groups that do water quality monitoring. Many of these programs were started or are under the guidance of programs that were a part of the Clean Water Act. Find a group in your state you can help with. They are great in that they provide training and equipment. In addition you are contributing to a larger data gathering effort. If I knew your state, I could be more specific.

@webbhm do you have a general resource link we could share? I know there are informational River Network resources I've seen this year for some inspiration too @Agaa:

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I suggest you start with these two resources, and see where they lead you:

Most of these groups are connected to the Clean Water Act that was set up by the EPA.

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@Agaa thanks for the question! Another post I'd recommend you check out here on the Public Lab website is:

What kind of water quality monitoring are you interested in? Learn more about what other people have asked or are interested in around this topic here:

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