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Land & Water Conservation

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Adams County LWCD has a volunteer program that monitors twelve streams located in the county.

Picture_026Adams County is fortunate to be served by twelve teams of environmentally interested and committed volunteers who conduct monthly visits to nearly 50 stream sites throughout the County from April to October each year. They systematically monitor, sample, record and report data such as date and time of visit, dissolved oxygen levels, pH levels, transparency/clarity (turbidity), water levels (flow), water temperature and general weather conditions.
Tream_MonitoringThe data gathered is then entered into the DNR’s Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS), a data base managed by the DNR for gathering, storing and allowing public access to detailed stream information/data for monitored streams throughout the entire state. This data is utilized by citizen advisory groups as well as by local, state and federal agencies for management of water quality and stream environment. These parameters are basically physical/mechanical/ chemical in nature. 
To view reports on the data collected, click on the following link: 
In addition, in the spring and fall the monitors gather actual biotic samples and specimens of organisms living in the streams and submit an analysis of each stream’s environmental quality, which is then entered into the Water Action Volunteer (WAV) database, a separate database maintained as a joint project of the DNR and the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension (UWEX). 
To view reports on the data collected, click on the following link: