Water Monitoring

Montana Watercourse has been helping teacher, student and citizen volunteers monitor Montana's waters since November 1996. Our goal is to promote knowledge and stewardship of aquatic resources by teaching local volunteers the skills needed to gather accurate, non-biased water quality information. 

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Click here for more information on our three levels of training. 

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Grants from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency helped to launch these efforts and continue to keep them running.

Montana Watercourse employs a non-advocacy approach in teaching water quality and water monitoring procedures, focusing on providing citizens with tools and training so that they may make informed decisions regarding local water quality issues. Consequently, participants are encouraged to work in a positive manner and to build bridges within their communities whenever possible. The information gathered by participants is for educational purposes and to increase awareness and enhance stewardship of Montana’s water resources. Additionally, it is a starting point for individuals to gather baseline information about their streams and rivers.


  • Individuals or groups that would like an introduction to water quality monitoring or have had previous training and need a refresher.
  • Resource professionals seeking subsequent Level 2 or Level 3 training.
  • Community groups, educators, school groups.

Learn how to

  • Start a water monitoring program
  • Design a monitoring plan
  • Execute water quality monitoring basics
  • Manage data
  • Create a sustainable program