The most flexible and convenient way to get involved in Dakota Water Watch is with Baseline
Monitoring. With this type of monitoring, volunteers measure, observe, and record
environmental information such as temperature, wind conditions, Secchi depth, wildlife
presence, invasive species, and overall perception of a particular water body's condition.
Monitoring occurs once or twice a month between April and October and volunteers may
choose one or multiple sites on lakes, streams, or wetlands. Obervations are recorded on
provided data sheets and mailed to the Dakota Water Watch program coordinator. Many
volunteers choose to do this type of monitoring in conjunction with bacteria monitoring.
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