Student Watershed Monitoring Network - FieldScope database
Clark County partners with the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center, who manages the Student Watershed Monitoring Network. This program has provided the foundation for students and teachers to engage in citizen science to monitor the health of local streams, creeks, wetlands and stormwater facilities.
Schools participate in teacher trainings, work with our education staff and conduct field investigations. Data collected include various chemical parameters, macroinvertebrates (indicators of water quality) and physical parameters for their sites. At the end of the school year, schools are invited to participate in the Watershed Congress to share their results, hear from other schools and continue learning about what makes a healthy watershed.
Watch the recorded webinar, Watershed Monitoring - Connections to Pollution, to learn about maps and strategies for connecting monitoring observations to real-world activities and solutions.
With a grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, the partners are working with the FieldScope project to provide an on-line database management tool so field results can be uploaded and shared with other citizen scientists and regulatory agencies.
If your school is participating in the Student Watershed Monitoring Network, get registered and start uploading your data!
- Program overview
- List of data fields
- How to register and start using FieldScope in the Clark County SWMN (NOTE - make sure to scroll through the full list of questions before hitting submit)
- Getting Started in FieldScope (recorded webinar)
Once you have submitted your registration request, Clark County staff will authorize the request and you'll be ready to log in and enter data.
Every participating school collects data to match their class goals, available monitoring site and schedule. FieldScope is set up to collect as much data as your school as available. Here are some of the parameters and data fields available for this program:
- General observation information (date, time, length of time monitoring, weather conditions, etc.)
- Photo point stations (track changes over time with digital image log)
- General site conditions (did you find pollution or erosion, something unusual)
- Physical parameters (habitat conditions, etc.)
- Chemical parameters (pH, DO, nitrate, phosphate, turbidity, fecal coliform)
- Biological parameters (amphibian egg masses, wildlife evidence, macroinvertebrates by family level, etc.)
FieldScope includes videos of how to enter data, create maps and graphs and cover general project use. Watch this recorded webinar, FieldScope - Entering Data, and if you still have questions, please let us know.
Testing procedures and processes
The City of Vancouver's Water Resources Center staff have created toolkits to help your team monitor.
Watershed Monitoring - Field Investigations (web page link)
WREC Field Investigations (complete list, including NGSS connections) (.pdf)
Every year, program staff will review and report on the data findings uploaded to FieldScope.
- School year 2018 - 2019
- School year 2019 - 2020
If you have questions about the FieldScope program, email Rainy.Rau@cityofvancouver.us or call (360) 487-7121.