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Water quality

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Rivers, oceans, lakes, aquifers, groundwater, stormwater, urban canals, underground streams, estuaries, and more -- we are passionate about water quality! This page will help you find resources to explore the waterbodies you care about, and connect with other people who have the same interests:

Questions on Water Quality:

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Using UVC or "deep UV" light to detect lead by fluorescence @warren 9 months ago 14
Can DIY spectrometers be useful for pH determination and/or dissolved organic carbon of a water solution? @alejobonifacio 9 months ago 17
Can pond testing kits be used for stream/river water? @belkinsa 10 months ago 3
What can you do about oil in your ditch following a natural disaster when traditional resources/normal pathways are not available? @laurel_mire about 1 year ago 10
How do I...use luminescence with the spectrometer? @Ag8n over 1 year ago 8
What are some observable tell-tale signs of wastewater pollution? @bhamster over 1 year ago 11
What groups or agencies are looking at the intersections of land/soil management and ocean pollution? @laurel_mire over 1 year ago 1
Tips about seeking funding for water testing? @Greenhorns over 1 year ago 5
Water testing protocols for Sulfide Mining? @Greenhorns over 1 year ago 1
As soil and water share similar pollution problems, what research methods can be shared between them? @alejobonifacio over 1 year ago 10
What kind of spatial acidity variation could be evidence of pollution source in a river? @warren over 1 year ago 5
Who is a specialist in our area on water quality/pollution? @Wendydelgado almost 2 years ago 1
Does anyone have any concerns regarding the water quality in New Orleans? @stevie almost 2 years ago 3
What are the differences in water quality in various bodies of water in the New Orleans area? @Chickynuggies02 almost 2 years ago 2
Is Bayou water cleaner than river water? @pawpatrol almost 2 years ago 2
How can I test whether beach foam is natural or potential pollution? @bhamster over 2 years ago 6
Will high turbidity levels affect the babylegs trawl? @stevie over 2 years ago 1
What are ways to monitor for oil and gas spills on private property? @stevie over 2 years ago 2
Looking for water controller resource @lanesharman over 2 years ago 1
Are there examples where environmental concerns were addressed as a result of people filing complaints (or suspected permit violations)? @stevie almost 3 years ago 7
How can you tell if a sheen on water is bacterial or petroleum (oil)? @stevie almost 3 years ago 1
Are there simple tests for nitrates in well water? @stevie almost 3 years ago 8
DFRobot Turbidity Sensor Troubleshooting @mimiss about 3 years ago 5
Reused fracking water? @charlotte_clarke about 3 years ago 1


Monitoring

Water quality parameters

Read about different water quality parameters here, including pH, nitrogen, conductivity, temperature, ORP and turbidity:

Also see this overview of 7 ways to monitorn water quality:

Groups and projects working on water quality issues:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
BabyLegs about 2 years ago by a1ahna 29 6,435 6
Water Quality Sensor about 3 years ago by warren 12 10,384 2
Coqui conductivity sensor over 3 years ago by warren 57 4,848 22
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach almost 5 years ago by warren 100 5,190 15
KnowFlow over 5 years ago by liz 2 1,410 3
Open Water almost 6 years ago by klie 122 4,792 19
infoamazonia-network over 7 years ago by vjpixel 2 444 2


Water quality related pages

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Wastewater about 1 year ago by bhamster 2 102 0
Assess Turbidity in Water over 3 years ago by liz 13 3,888 2
Common Water Contaminants over 3 years ago by warren 36 1,587 4
Nitrogen over 3 years ago by warren 3 240 1
Water quality parameters over 3 years ago by warren 13 636 2
Filters almost 4 years ago by warren 11 432 2
Water conductivity monitoring over 4 years ago by warren 9 1,168 2
Conductivity of Water and Community Science almost 5 years ago by gilbert 5 744 1
pH almost 5 years ago by warren 4 453 0
Turbidity Measurement Methods & Regulations almost 5 years ago by gilbert 1 1,469 0
Water Sensors almost 5 years ago by Nova 41 6,563 6
Water Sampling about 5 years ago by warren 2 1,520 2
NPDES almost 6 years ago by warren 17 596 0
Parâmetros de qualidade da água almost 7 years ago by vjpixel 3 5,379 0
water quality indices over 7 years ago by vjpixel 5 846 2
What's going on in Water Monitoring? over 8 years ago by kanarinka 5 444 4
Water Quality Primer with Jeff Walker over 8 years ago by kanarinka 4 567 3
The Open Water Project: FAQ over 8 years ago by donblair 4 546 2


Activities

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
PureLab:Experiment and Installing Water Filters Record In Banmentun - - @shanlter - - 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo mido el pH de una solución con un repollo morado? Su relación con la calidad de agua - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to measure the pH of a solution with a purple cabbage? Its relation to water quality - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
Coqui BBv1.0: Testing conductivity of a solution observe draft @donblair 1h easy 1 replications: Try it »
Water Quality Testing At Turkey Creek - - @Delaney - - 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo evaluo la calidad de un ambiente acuático con mi teléfono móvil? / How do I assess the quality of an aquatic environment with my mobile phone? observe complete @alejobonifacio 1h easy 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo evaluar la calidad de un río con insectos acuáticos (bioindicadores)? / How do I assess the quality of an river with aquatic insects (bioindicators)? - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
Draft: Collect a sample for laboratory analysis - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Practice reporting suspected frac sand violations - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to test a water sheen to tell if it is bacterial or petroleum - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo detectar abrillantadores ópticos (aguas residuales) yendo a un río? / How to detect optical brighteners (wastewater) going to a river? - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
Draft: Find the concentration of a liquid with a DIY spectrometer - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to find out if waterbodies near you in the US are healthy or impaired observe - @bhamster 30m easy 0 replications: Try it »
How to collect a water sample - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »

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