The GWW program works with citizen groups to develop a water monitoring plan. Training workshops are usually offered at a water body where the monitors live. Community members are introduced to the principles of watershed stewardship, water monitoring and use of monitoring equipment. Sampling sites are selected that are convenient, safe, legal, accessible and strategic in water quality information gained. Monitors are encouraged to sample their sites at least monthly to record water conditions and capture seasonal and yearly trends.

Five types of water monitoring are currently promoted by GWW. Click on any item below  to find more details.

Information is recorded on standard data forms and sent to the GWW office by mail or processed online for entry into the GWW database. GWW also provides technical support for monitoring groups, such as data interpretation sessions and a database for storing, analyzing and disseminating data to water monitors, educators, decision-makers and the general public. Factors such as expense, availability, simplicity and accuracy have been considered to select the equipment to be used when conducting water monitoring backstopped by GWW.