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IDAH2O Master Water Stewards

IDAH2O is an innovative program to train citizen volunteers about regional water quality issues. Once a volunteer becomes a certified Master Water Steward, they then adopt a stream location to conduct regular monitoring on. Monitoring includes habitat, biological, chemical and physical assessments. All data collected from the Stewards is uploaded to a website that is made publicly available. The main focus of the program is to educate citizens on the status of their water quality and to help them understand the effects on streams, rivers and lakes. Youth involvement is also strongly encouraged. The data that is collected may also someday assist agencies in establishing water quality standards and priorities. IDAH2O lists financial support from the US Department of Fish and Wildlife and the EPA Environmental Education.

Project URL: http://www.uidaho.edu/cda/idah2o

Geographic Scope: Idaho

Project Status: Active

Participation Tasks: Data entry, Geolocation, Identification, Learning, Measurement, Observation, Photography, Sample analysis, Site selection and/or description, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date: 2010-09-01

Project Contact: idah2o@uidaho.edu

Federal Government Sponsor:

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Other Federal Government Sponsor:

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: University of Idaho Extension

Fields of Science: Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and environment, Education, Geology and earth science, Nature and outdoors, Pollinators/insects,

Intended Outcomes: Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,