An Education Program of the National Park Service

Water Quality Monitoring

To assist you with understanding the different water quality tests there are a number of resources available. One resource is The River Mile’s Water Quality in the Columbia River Watershed educator’s guide.

The guide is designed such that students apply science content knowledge and inquiry, investigation and problem solving skills within the context of community service and stewardship. Students are empowered to think and take actions as members of a community that lives, works, and recreates near the Upper Columbia River & Lake Roosevelt. Students learn to collect and analyze water quality data and consider the interrelationships between human activities, changing watershed conditions and lake water quality.

This unit strategically builds upon the exemplary lesson plans, protocols, and resources created by programs such as Floating Classroom, Project Wet, Project Wild, Nature Mapping, and multiple internet resources. Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY) and the Environmental Protection Agency EPA web resources were used for validated data. These exemplary programs and resources serve as a foundation for launching Lake Roosevelt based student inquiry and investigation. Every attempt was made to gratefully acknowledge and cite the contributions of others who have developed the tools which this unit will use in support of teachers and students implementing “The River Mile” (TRM) a program of the National Park Service Program.

This guide and many more resources are available on our Resources page.

Additional resources are available from a variety of organizations, for example