Start a testing group

Starting a new monitoring group?

Beyond setting up on the Water Rangers platform to collect data, it is important to consider…

  • What is your goal in monitoring? Is there a particular issue you’re worried about, or are you trying to create baseline data? This matters when selecting sample locations and frequency. For example, if you’re worried about pollution, you may test in an uncontaminated location and at the point source. More on creating a plan here.
  • Who is responsible? For the plan and making sure protocols are being followed.
  • How much time do you plan to devote to testing? Testing takes time!
  • Which protocol will you follow? On Water Rangers, you can specify your group’s protocol by customizing the form to your data points. You can also follow the Water Rangers’ protocol if you’re using the Water Rangers’ kit.

If you’re ready to get started, you can add your group here.

Adding your group to Water Rangers

It’s free to have a group on our platform.

To sign up your group, you need to be signed in.

  1. Register as a user (it’s free): https://app.waterrangers.ca/users/sign_up
  2. Sign in: https://app.waterrangers.ca/users/sign_in
  3. Sign up your group (it’s free): https://app.waterrangers.ca/groups/new
  4. Go to ‘edit’ your profile to set up your form fields based on your prototcol. Here’s a video where you can learn how to use Water Rangers, including customizing your form, setting a region and more!
  5. Don’t have your own testing equipment? Learn more about our citizen science testkits

Existing monitoring program? You can customize your form to match your protocol. Plus, if you have existing data you’d like us to import, we can help you import it so you’ll have a nice base to get you started. Just contact us and we’ll work with you to get that in.

What kinds of things can a group do?

As a group admin, you get to display information about your group, with links to any other websites or reports you may have. We allow you to recruit volunteers, and as admin you have the ability to confirm that they are part of your group.

You can also define what region you support. Just draw a shape on the map in your admin section, and people visiting your profile will know where you’re based. You will also be notified if any new observations or issues are reported in that region.

Group admins can also decide if they would like issues reported to them. If you choose yes, then users can select you when they report things like pollution, algae blooms and more.

How groups can draw regions, and how to use the map filters.

Some great group examples