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Rivers, oceans, lakes, aquifers, groundwater, stormwater, urban canals, underground streams, estuaries, and more -- we are passionate about water quality! This page will help you find resources to explore the waterbodies you care about, and connect with other people who have the same interests:

Questions on Water Quality:

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Using UVC or "deep UV" light to detect lead by fluorescence @warren over 1 year ago 14
Can DIY spectrometers be useful for pH determination and/or dissolved organic carbon of a water solution? @alejobonifacio over 1 year ago 19
Can pond testing kits be used for stream/river water? @belkinsa over 1 year ago 3
What can you do about oil in your ditch following a natural disaster when traditional resources/normal pathways are not available? @laurel_mire over 1 year ago 10
How do I...use luminescence with the spectrometer? @Ag8n almost 2 years ago 8
What are some observable tell-tale signs of wastewater pollution? @bhamster almost 2 years ago 11
What groups or agencies are looking at the intersections of land/soil management and ocean pollution? @laurel_mire almost 2 years ago 1
Tips about seeking funding for water testing? @Greenhorns about 2 years ago 5
Water testing protocols for Sulfide Mining? @Greenhorns about 2 years ago 1
As soil and water share similar pollution problems, what research methods can be shared between them? @alejobonifacio about 2 years ago 10
What kind of spatial acidity variation could be evidence of pollution source in a river? @warren about 2 years ago 5
Who is a specialist in our area on water quality/pollution? @Wendydelgado over 2 years ago 1
Does anyone have any concerns regarding the water quality in New Orleans? @stevie over 2 years ago 3
What are the differences in water quality in various bodies of water in the New Orleans area? @Chickynuggies02 over 2 years ago 2
Is Bayou water cleaner than river water? @pawpatrol over 2 years ago 2
How can I test whether beach foam is natural or potential pollution? @bhamster almost 3 years ago 6
Will high turbidity levels affect the babylegs trawl? @stevie almost 3 years ago 1
What are ways to monitor for oil and gas spills on private property? @stevie about 3 years ago 2
Looking for water controller resource @lanesharman about 3 years ago 1
Are there examples where environmental concerns were addressed as a result of people filing complaints (or suspected permit violations)? @stevie over 3 years ago 7
How can you tell if a sheen on water is bacterial or petroleum (oil)? @stevie over 3 years ago 1
Are there simple tests for nitrates in well water? @stevie over 3 years ago 8
DFRobot Turbidity Sensor Troubleshooting @mimiss over 3 years ago 5
Reused fracking water? @charlotte_clarke over 3 years ago 1

Groups working on water quality issues:

Mystic River Open Water

Along with, the Mystic River Open Water project aims to build an open-source, DIY water quality monitoring network. Support the IOBY campaign here.

InfoAmazonia Network

The project will use environmental sensors connected via mobile networks to generate indicators of water quality in cities in the Brazilian Amazon. Read more.


Leif Percifield's water quality sensor system. Developed during the Water Hackathon on March 23-25 in New York City, the water quality sensor is a multipurpose tool for collecting data remotely. This tool is rapidly changing and is being used as part of the on going research initiative called DontFlush.Me

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Minnesota Land and Manoomin Protection Project 4 months ago by JuliaGuerrein 12 303 4
Bioassay over 1 year ago by alejobonifacio 7 563 3
Wastewater over 1 year ago by bhamster 2 137 0
Detecting wastewater pollution over 1 year ago by bhamster 3 317 2
AppEar - Ciencia ciudadana en ríos, lagos, lagunas y estuarios about 2 years ago by alejobonifacio 1 97 3
The Sand Sentinel Program over 2 years ago by stevie 24 3,542 2
BabyLegs over 2 years ago by a1ahna 29 8,725 6
Projects almost 3 years ago by liz 10 25,021 2
Tortuga Guardian about 3 years ago by GSan 27 1,045 1
Oil and Gas Water Quality over 3 years ago by stevie 19 448 1
Simple Water Sensor Platform over 3 years ago by wmacfarl 9 315 1
Water Quality Sensor over 3 years ago by warren 12 10,547 2
Oil and Gas Water Fellowship Trio over 3 years ago by stevie 5 133 2
CAFO over 3 years ago by stevie 3 365 0
Observable water quality violations related to frac sand mining almost 4 years ago by stevie 8 208 1
Coqui conductivity sensor about 4 years ago by warren 57 5,022 22
Assess Turbidity in Water about 4 years ago by liz 13 4,101 2
Common Water Contaminants about 4 years ago by warren 36 1,713 4
Water quality about 4 years ago by warren 18 1,203 3
Nitrogen about 4 years ago by warren 3 269 1
Water quality parameters about 4 years ago by warren 13 636 2
Filters over 4 years ago by warren 11 487 2
The Lead (Pb) Data Initiative over 4 years ago by read_holman 9 305 3
Conductivity of Water and Community Science over 5 years ago by gilbert 5 804 1


Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
PureLab:Experiment and Installing Water Filters Record In Banmentun - - @shanlter - - 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo mido el pH de una solución con un repollo morado? Su relación con la calidad de agua - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to measure the pH of a solution with a purple cabbage? Its relation to water quality - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
Coqui BBv1.0: Testing conductivity of a solution observe draft @donblair 1h easy 1 replications: Try it »
Water Quality Testing At Turkey Creek - - @Delaney - - 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo evaluo la calidad de un ambiente acuático con mi teléfono móvil? / How do I assess the quality of an aquatic environment with my mobile phone? observe complete @alejobonifacio 1h easy 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo evaluar la calidad de un río con insectos acuáticos (bioindicadores)? / How do I assess the quality of an river with aquatic insects (bioindicators)? - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
Draft: Collect a sample for laboratory analysis - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Practice reporting suspected frac sand violations - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to test a water sheen to tell if it is bacterial or petroleum - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
¿Cómo detectar abrillantadores ópticos (aguas residuales) yendo a un río? / How to detect optical brighteners (wastewater) going to a river? - - @alejobonifacio - - 0 replications: Try it »
Draft: Find the concentration of a liquid with a DIY spectrometer - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to find out if waterbodies near you in the US are healthy or impaired observe - @bhamster 30m easy 0 replications: Try it »
How to collect a water sample - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »

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