RiverWatchers

RiverWatchers is a citizen volunteer monitoring program for the Ohio River and selected tributaries. RiverWatchers was started as a pilot project in 1992 by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO).

The program currently includes over 25 groups in six Ohio River Basin states. These groups include school groups and citizens who are concerned about water quality issues.  RiverWatchers collect water quality data throughout the year and submit their results to ORSANCO.  For more information on this program or how to get involved, click below:

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Chemical Testing Instructions - Dissolved Oxygen

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Chemical Testing Instructions - E. Coli

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Chemical Testing Instructions - pH

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LaMotte Kit Instructions (for pH)

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Chemical Testing Instructions - Biochemical Oxygen Demand

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Chemical Testing Instructions - Water Temperature Change

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Chemical Testing Instructions - Orthophosphate and Total Phosphate

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Chemical Testing Instructions - Nitrate

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Chemical Testing Instructions - Turbidity

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Water Quality Index Data Sheet

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Chemical Testing Supplies Checklist

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Assessment Materials - Post Program Long Assessment (Written Curriculum Evaluation)

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Assessment Materials - Post Program Quantitative Assessment (EE Curriculum Inventory)

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Assessment Materials - Pre-Post Tests

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FORE Floating Classroom Curriculum

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Introduction to FORE and RiverWatchers

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Macroinvertebrates

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Teacher Classroom Presentation

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Supplemental Materials - Clean Water Act Fact Sheet

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Supplemental Materials - E. coli color guide

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Supplemental Materials - Macroinvertebrate Resources - Hoosier Riverwatch Macroinvertebrate Key

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Supplemental Materials - Macroinvertebrate Resources - Making the Most of Your Macros Activity

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Supplemental Materials - Macroinvertebrate Resources - Macroinvertebrate Activity Key

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Supplemental Materials - Make Your Own Equipment

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Supplemental Materials - Ohio River Fish

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Supplemental Materials - Ohio River Resource Manual

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Supplemental Materials - Tributary Map

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Water Testing Worksheets - Habitat Survey

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Water Testing Worksheets - Macroinvertebrate ID

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Water Testing Worksheets - Macroinvertebrate Pollution Tolerence Index

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Water Testing Worksheets - Chemical Monitoring Worksheet

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Water Testing Worksheets - Water Quality Index

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WQI and PTI - Results