Volunteer water quality monitoring is the focus of the Madison Stream Team, a group of local citizens trained to collect water quality data on local streams. The first training was held in June 2010, with experienced staff from the Montana State University Extension Water Quality program and the Montana Watercourse leading the 2 day session. Members of the Madison Stream Team collect data on several local streams identified as impaired by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
Each spring, our volunteers go through another training, to both refresh and advance their water monitoring skills. Volunteers are assigned in groups of two or three to each stream, and then over the course of the summer each team completes one monitoring day per month on their stream. For 2017, we have 20 volunteers with a combined 52 years of experience in water quality data collection. Since 2010, our volunteers have contributed over 1000 hours monitoring.
The annual budget for the project is approximately $30,000, with which we monitor 35 sites on 6 streams. The land encompassed by this watershed is over 260,000 acres, of which 64% is publicly owned, and around half is grazing land.
The 2017 monitoring season is a significant milestone, as it marks 8 years of gathered data. The data we’ve collected is now being used to identify opportunities where improvements can be made in the streams, and is being used to help guide the drafting of the first Watershed Restoration Plan in the Madison Watershed which is set to be completed in 2017.
For more information or to become involved as a supporter or volunteer, contact Ethan Kunard, Water Programs Manager.
Madison Stream Team Topics
Training & Events
Annual Volunteer Training and Presentation Events
Data and Reports
Reports with Program Information and Data Analysis
Maps and Images Associated with Sampling Locations and Events