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.
- 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.
- Register as a user (it’s free): https://app.waterrangers.ca/users/sign_up
- Sign in: https://app.waterrangers.ca/users/sign_in
- Sign up your group (it’s free): https://app.waterrangers.ca/groups/new
- 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!
- 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
- Dog River Clearwater Revival
- Lac McGlashan et Girard
- Mobile Baykeeper Team
- Ottawa Riverkeeper Riverwatch Program
The administrator of your group has the power change observations from other members. It’s a great way to do quality assurance of your own data. If you are the administrator of a group, you should see the option to edit an observation at the bottom left. Here’s how:
L’administrateur de ton groupe a le pouvoir de faire des changements aux observations des différents membres de ton groupe. C’est un excellent moyen de garantir la qualité de vos données. Si tu es l’administrateur d’un groupe, tu devrais voir l’option de modification d’une observation en bas à gauche du menu. Voici comment:
You certainly can! You can learn all about creating a group here. It’s a great way to let people know your testing protocol and manage different testers in your group.
The group administrator has a lot of privileges. They can:
- Create a testing region to let people know where you’re testing the water.
- Invite users to be part of your group.
- Download the data for all your group.
- Edit any observations from other members in the group if you find a mistake.
I’ve been testing with my Water Rangers testkit for a while and I have some cool stories I’d like to share with you!
Amazing! We always encourage people to start testing the water in what ever way is available to them! You can get one of our testkits or you can start gathering other data with equipment you have on hand. Your eyes are your best tool! You can go observe:
- The water and the shoreline
- Animals, plants, and fish you see
- Does the water level look low, normal or high?
- If you have a thermometer, you can easily measure the air and water temperature and record that as well.
You can also reach out to local environmental groups and see how they’re testing the water and ask if they need help.