Water Watchers

Sno-King Watershed Council operates a community-based water monitoring (CBWM) program, Sno-King Water Watchers, in King and Snohomish Counties. We are a part of Global Water Watch

Our goal is to foster watershed stewardship through the development of volunteer water monitors. Citizens monitor physical, chemical and biological indicators of watershed health. Monitors can use their data for protection and restoration of watersheds, streams and lakes, advocacy for the improvement of water quality and public health, and to implement environmental education programs.

Funding for our program comes from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division Waterworks Grant Program.

Upcoming training classes and events

We conduct regular water monitoring workshops, which include Introduction to Water Monitoring, Bacteriological Monitoring, Water Chemistry Monitoring, Stream Flow and Habitat Monitoring, Stream Biomonitoring and BIBI (Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity). Information on upcoming workshops is here: Upcoming Water Monitoring Classes

If you are interested in participating, contact Eric Adman at snokingwatershedcouncil@gmail.com


Physical and Chemical Water monitoring overview

Stream Biomonitoring process – using “stream bugs” to evaluate water quality

Streamflow measurement and habitat assessment

Water Monitoring Instructional Videos (from Alabama Water Watch)

Our YouTube channel with recorded water monitoring classes and water monitor meetings: https://tinyurl.com/yfuea6sh

Here is a fun link to a video of Edmonds College Green Team doing water monitoring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM-zf4v_PEE

Our partners NatureVision and Cascade Water Alliance made some education videos showing GWW water quality monitoring techniques:

Water Quality data from agency monitoring

King County water quality monitoring data for selected streams and sites

Snohomish County State of our Waters water quality data site

Puget Sound Benthos – benthic macroinverterbrate (stream insect) survey data