Monitoring Water Quality

Testing and recording water quality data is important to establish a baseline of the condition of a particular waterway, to measure progress in making watersheds healthier, and to alert us when something is wrong.  As an official partner of, participants on Wilderness Inquiry's CanoeMobile program conduct regular water quality tests on the rivers of Minnesota. This data is reported to a global water quality database where we can watch big data trends.

*You can view site-specific water quality data offsite in the data portal. Select "Choose Site by School" and search for Wilderness Inquiry to find your site.
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Wilderness Inquiry is an official partner of GLOBE, a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at all scales. Learn more about how you can work with Wilderness Inquiry to collect and contribute water quality data to the GLOBE international data set.

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Water Quality Tests:

  • Water & Air Temperature
  • Dissolved Oxygen - How much oxygen is available in the water?
  • pH - How acidic or basic is the water?
  • Nutrients - How much nitrogen and phosphorus is in the water?
  • Turbidity - How cloudy or clear is the water? Also a measure of how deep sunlight can reach underwater.