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Riverwatch: Water Quality Monitoring

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Presented By Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Goal To track the health of the waterways with water quality testing!
Task Attend a Riverwatch training session and begin testing water
Where 1250 Niagara Street, 14213 New York 14213 United States

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,
Conductivity, &

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!

How to Join

To attend the next Riverwatch Volunteer Training Session please visit, and fill out the Riverwatch Captain Registration form at the bottom of the page then email it to

Training Session dates are the following:
Saturday, March 22nd 9:30-11:30 AM
Thursday, March 27th 6:00-8:00 PM

After training, you can begin testing water at varying sites.

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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.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In snow or rain, While fishing, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, On a walk, run, On a hike
Tags Citizen Scientists, Niagara River, Water Quality
Project Updated 04/23/2017