Volunteers standing in a shallow stream

WAV volunteers help preserve, protect and restore Wisconsin’s 86,888 miles of streams and rivers by providing valuable scientific data to Wisconsin’s natural resource professionals and community leaders. Data we collect inform decision-making about real-world resource management issues that impact local communities. All WAV volunteers enter stream monitoring data into the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS) database.

Submit Data

The information found here will guide WAV volunteers through the process of submitting water quality data into the Wisconsin DNR’s SWIMS database. Volunteers are responsible for submitting the data they collect to SWIMS every month.

WAV Stream Monitoring Data Dashboard

Click the link below to explore and download baseline, nutrient and continuous temperature data collected by WAV volunteers at stream stations across Wisconsin! The data on this dashboard is pulled from the Wisconsin DNR SWIMS database.

Stream Monitoring Data Dashboard

Other Data Exploration Tools

WAV volunteer data is integrated into all of the tools listed below (except for the USGS station data)!

Wisconsin Water Search:
Search Wisconsin’s waters using this Wisconsin DNR tool, which pulls data from SWIMS, to learn about the conditions, management goals and habitat of a local waterbody.

Wisconsin DNR Surface Water Data Viewer:
The Surface Water Data Viewer (SWDV) is a DNR data delivery system that provides interactive web mapping tools for a wide variety of datasets including chemistry (water, sediment), physical and biological (macroinvertebrate, fish) data.

Wisconsin DNR Aquatic Invasive Species tools:
Check where aquatic or wetland invasive species have been reported. Search waterbody or by species lists or refer to the DNR Lakes and AIS Mapping Tool.

USGS National Water Dashboard:
View over 13,000 USGS real-time stream, lake, reservoir, precipitation, water quality, and groundwater stations in context with current weather and hazard conditions. Data are refreshed every minute. Find a USGS stream gauge near you!

EPA How’s My Waterway:
How’s My Waterway was designed to provide the general public with information about the condition of their local waters based on data that states, federal, tribal, local agencies and others have provided to EPA. Water quality information is displayed on 3 scales in How’s My Waterway; community, state and national.


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