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Volunteer Monitoring


The Volunteer Monitoring Programís goal is to involve Oregonians in identifying and solving the stateís water quality problems. The program provides support including technical assistance in monitoring design, equipment use, data management and analysis. Volunteer groups participating in the program are eligible to receive high quality monitoring equipment on loan. Monitoring conducted by the DEQ's monitoring partners is described in:

For additional information please contact Steve Hanson Volunteer Monitoring Specialist at 503-693-5737.

Objectives of the Program

  • Provide resources to groups interested in conducting volunteer monitoring
  • Expand and support the volunteer monitoring efforts across the state
  • Promote consistent, comparable data collection techniques
  • Improve and document the quality of data collected by volunteer groups
  • Support the transformation of volunteer generated water quality data into information

Extent of the Monitoring

  • Over 50 groups around the state have participated in the program
  • Organizations include Watershed Councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, non-governmental organizations and tribes
  • Monitoring includes continuous temperature monitoring, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, Escherichia coli and stream benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring
  • Volunteer organizations have submitted data from over 1000 locations in Oregon.
  • View a report on the status of volunteer data.

How Data are used

  • Data primarily used by volunteer organizations for local decisions and education

DEQ may use volunteer data for:

  • Watershed assessments and reporting
  • Determining if the stateís waters meet water quality standards, Water Quality Assessment
  • TMDL documentation or development
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For more information about DEQ's Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Program please email LEAP.


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900  FAX: 503-229-6124

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency authorized to protect Oregon's environment by
the State of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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