What is River Watch?

River Watch is a program where high school students and their teachers monitor water quality of a river in their area. Each school involved is given a YSI Sonde, a turbidimeter, a Secchi tube, safety vests, and a sampling bottle to use as well as the necessary calibration solutions. Each group uses these tools to monitor dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity, pH, and turbidity of the river. Twice each school year, once in the fall and once in the spring, all of the schools are brought together for a workshop where they report on their findings and are provided information on some topic pertaining to water and water quality.

  • Contact us for more information on how you can get your class involved in River Watch.

Monitoring Station Workshop - 2020

Data Base

We have added a database to enter your school's records. You can use the database for making graphs with your data and to compare your data with data collected by other schools. Just follow the link below.


Sampling Protocols

Data Sheets

Calibration Sheets

Contact Information

Education Specialist
Bonita Roswick
Email: bonita.roswick@vcsu.edu

Phone: 701-845-7570

11810 51st Street SE
Kathryn, North Dakota 58049

or (mailing address):

101 College St. SW
Valley City, ND 58072

Andre DeLorme
Email: andre.delorme@vcsu.edu
Phone: 701-845-7573