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Photo: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Presented by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location 1250 Niagara Street New York United States 14213 : Field sites along the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Water testing equipment is provided by the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers. Wear weather appropriate clothes (for rain, wind, sun or cold). Wear closed toed shoes, secure hiking boots are preferred. The standards of practice and instructions for volunteers are provided at the training sessions.


Riverwatch: Water Quality Monitoring


To track the health of the waterways with water quality testing!
Attend a Riverwatch training session and begin testing water

RIVERKEEPER is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water. We do this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and enhancing public access through greenways that expand parks and open space.

Riverkeeper is a member of the global WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE.

Riverwatch aims to provide surveillance monitoring to bolster baseline, local water quality data. This data will allow Riverkeeper to track the health of the waterways and be able to determine if restoration efforts are having a positive effect on water quality.

The Riverwatch program consists of concerned citizens trained to gather important water quality data in the Buffalo and Niagara River watersheds. Riverwatch has trained more than 100 volunteers to test the health of our waterways and address public health issues.

The following water quality parameters are tested:

Dissolved Oxygen, pH Levels, Temperature, Conductivity, & Turbidity

Riverwatch Captains go out once a month to over 50 sites throughout the field season.

We need your help! Please participate in this project that provides important information about our waterways, teaches the public how they can improve local water quality and gives volunteers a great opportunity to get outside and explore their rivers!




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