River Watch

More than Water Quality Monitoring

Since its inception in 1995, the Red River Basin River Watch program has grown to include a wide variety of hands-on opportunities for area youth.

Program Info
River Watch Forum

Annual gathering of all River Watch teams, including relevant speakers and activities in water resource-related fields

River Watch Forum
Macroinvertebrate Sampling

In-stream monitoring and assessment of biological communities living in our local streams.

Macroinvertebrate Sampling
River Explorers

An opportunity for River Watch teams to kayak local streams, allowing a unique persepective of watershed health, recreation, and wildlife.

Story Maps
Water Quality Sampling

Ongoing data collection since 1995. Data contribute to state water quality assessments and provide a hands-on science experience.

WQ DatabaseWQ Training InformationRiver.Watch Data Submission GuideMonitoring Field Sheet

Diverse, hands-on experiences

2018 Judges’ Choice: 1st

Minto, ND

Minto’s River Watch team took home top honors at the #riverwatch18 Forum for their community engagement and water stewardship activities in the Forest River Watershed. Click their team photo to view their video, which covers plans to improve recreational access and the Halloween trail event they hosted this past fall.

2018 Judges’ Choice: 2nd

Norman Co. East, MN

The NCE River Watch team worked with a local conservation club to build wood duck boxes and plan to educate 8th grade students about water stewardship behaviors. NCE took home second place in the Judges’ Choice category; view their video by clicking their team photo. 

2018 Judges’ Choice: 3rd

Larimore, ND

The Larimore River Watch team took home third place in the #riverwatch18 Judges’ Choice category for their community-wide water stewardship expo and elementary fun day. Check out their video by clicking their team photo.

2018 Managers’ Choice

Campbell-Tintah, MN

The Campbell-Tintah River Watch team took home this year’s Managers’ Choice Award for the community paddle event they held on the Rabbit River this past September. Check out their video by clicking their team photo.