While winter wonderlands may make for a gorgeous landscape, it can result in treacherous conditions for water quality monitoring. Safety is always our number one priorty. Please be mindful of the weather and water conditions when going into the field. If you cannot access your site safely due to snow, ice, or slippery conditions, check in with your local coordinator about adjusting your sampling date. Additionally, you might find that your site is frozen, and you are not able to obtain a water sample. While some volunteers have offered to cut out a chunk of ice to melt and test, that is not necessary, feel free to record “frozen stream” on your data sheet.
Here are some tips and tricks for monitoring this winter: