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Data Collection & Submission

There are several ways to submit your study data. There are Survey123 forms which submit the data directly to the interactive ArcGIS Online study map. If a smart device, such as a tablet or smartphone is not available, you may send your data directly to The River Mile using a pre-formatted Excel spreadsheet. You may also utilize iNaturalist to submit your data.

Survey123 Forms for Submitting ArcGIS Data

Survey123 is a new tool in the ArcGIS suite of mapping software and applications. The purpose of this technology capitalizes on the ease of access to GPS-capable smart devices. Survey123 is currently used by field researchers and land managers throughout the world to collect real-time data without the need for additional GPS equipment. Best of all, a data connection is not required in the field; the app stores the collected data in the device until a WIFI connection can be reestablished. To add your data through a smart device, download the Survey123 app on your device and search for forms using the keyword “TRM.” If you do not have a smart device, data can also be submitted on the Desktop version of Survey123.

Survey123 Forms for Data Submission:

Note: The Crayfish Observation Form listed here is for general use. If you are part of the Crayfish Research Project, please submit your data in the alternate form provided to you.


ArcGIS is the industry standard for natural resource agencies as well as many community planning organizations. ArcGIS features several platforms including desktop, online and mobile. There are many ways to work with ArcGIS. You do not need to be an expert in GIS or ArcGIS for desktop to use this tool. ArcGIS offers the ability to crowd source data collection and share that data immediately. It can be used for simple mapping to complex data analysis. Getting started is easy. Participate in one of The River Mile’s webinars to get started, then participate in in-person training to learn hands-on.

To learn more about how educators can utilize ArcGIS in the classroom and participate in training check out the ConnectED Initiative.

Interactive ArcGIS Online maps for each category of data can be directly accessed from the following links.

Excel Data Sheet

If you are unable to download or otherwise use Survey123 to submit your data, you may also send in data using the following Excel spreadsheets. Please download the file and fill in your collected data under the appropriate columns.

Save your file with your identifying ID number in the filename. Do not use spaces in the filename. For example: Water_Quality-170200011907TRM.xlsx

Once completed you can submit your xl file here »

To submit data for the Crayfish Research Project as an Excel spreadsheet, download the Crayfish Research Project Excel Data Sheet, fill out and email to the program lead.


iNaturalist features both desktop and mobile platforms. The mobile platform can be used with or without connectivity, so WIFI only devices may be used. WIFI devices just need to be synced upon connection.