Questions about the program?
In partnership with Water Rangers, the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science is launching a community based water monitoring program in Saskatchewan starting in 2021.
This program is generously supported by the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science and the Natural Science and Research Council of Canada (NSERC), with funds from Environment and Climate Change Canada and Global Water Futures.
Community Based Water Monitoring in Saskatchewan: The program at a glance
This program requires participants to test the water at a nearby lake, river, or stream in Saskatchewan on the last weekend of every month from May to September of 2021. Participants are encouraged to sample 2-3 locations, and are encouraged to return to the same sampling locations each month.
By participating, volunteers will not only help contribute to the protection of Saskatchewans’ waterbodies, but will have a fun, safe way to access the outdoors this summer, since water testing naturally allows for physical distancing.
Why monitor water quality in Saskatchewan?
Saskatchewan lakes, rivers, and natural waterbodies face a range of water quality issues, including algal blooms, browning, temperature changes, high turbidity, and invasive species.
All of these factors can degrade lake water quality, which can result in both environmental and economical consequences.
Signing up for an account
Make sure to sign up for an account if you haven’t already. Once you’ve signed up for an account, you should notice that you’ve been invited to the “University of Regina: Citizen Science” group on Water Rangers. If for some reason you haven’t been invited to the group, please request to join the group here.
We encourage you to watch (or re-watch) our recorded training session with Erin (your program coordinator). In this training session, Erin goes over how to use the Water Rangers kit, how to upload your data to Water Rangers’ platform, and how to use the app.
How to use the app
Visit this page for a more in depth explanation of how to use the Water Rangers app.
Choosing a sampling location
Please visit this page for more information on how to choose a good sampling location.