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Main Project Information
Goal Monitor the health of Florida waterways.
Task Collect water samples to monitor lakes.
Where Florida United States of America

Florida LAKEWATCH is a volunteer water-monitoring program that facilitates "hands-on" participation in the management of lakes, rivers, and coastal sites through monthly sampling activities. Participants work with researchers at the University of Florida to collect samples that, when analyzed, will contribute to the understanding of Florida’s water bodies.

All volunteers attend a two-hour training session on how to collect water samples and monitor lakes. As a trained LAKEWATCH volunteer, you will help develop a database of water chemistry for your particular lake, river, or coastal site. These data can then be used to establish trends and develop an overview of how your site fits into the overall picture of Florida water bodies.

Volunteers receive a free newsletter subscription and invitations to free Florida LAKEWATCH volunteer appreciation meetings. Don't miss out!

How to Join

First, download the LAKEWATCH training manual to see what is expected of you as a volunteer ( Then, fill out the Volunteer Information Form located at the same website and email it to After you send in the form, someone from LAKEWATCH will contact you to arrange a training session at your convenience.

Required Gear

Volunteers must have access to a boat that will be used to collect water samples.

After training, Florida LAKEWATCH will provide the necessary equipment (sample bottles, labels, Secchi disk for measuring water clarity, and filtering materials). Page 11 of the Training Manual provides a complete checklist of all equipment used during sampling.

Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing
Tags lakes, water
Project Updated 05/23/2018