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Delaware River Watershed Initiative Resources

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Resources

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) is a cross-cutting collaboration that is working to conserve and restore the streams that supply drinking water to 15 million people in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. In direct support of this initiative, Stroud Water Research Center is facilitating efforts to improve the capacity of watershed groups to conduct scientific investigations associated with DRWI projects, as well as to build general knowledge on the ecology of their watersheds and the broader basin.

These resources were created by the Stroud Center to assist DRWI efforts specifically focused on stream monitoring using EnviroDIY Monitoring Stations. They may also be of interest to community scientists and watershed groups working in other locations.


EnviroDIY Field Visit Data

EnviroDIY Field Visit Data Sheets (Printable)


EnviroDIY Monitoring Station Service Requests

Use this form to report technical issues that require assistance from the Stroud Center team.


EnviroDIY Monitoring Station Help Resources

Manual and Appendices

The Stroud Center created a manual to help you build, program, and install an EnviroDIY Monitoring Station and appendices to help you manage your station. Please leave feedback on the individual articles so that we can continue to improve the documentation.

EnviroDIY Monitoring Station Quick Guides

Support Supplies

Troubleshooting

Video Tutorials

  • Programming and Building an EnviroDIY Monitoring Station: Day 1 and Day 2.

Visit the EnviroDIY Videos page for additional videos.


Salt Monitoring Resources


Tools for Engaging With Municipalities and the Public on Freshwater Issues

The Delaware River Basin Policy and Practice Workgroup has developed a number of documents to provide foundational science references for environmental advocates who are collecting stream data and who wish to communicate results to local government officials.

The following guidance documents are available on Manage My Watershed:

  • How to Engage With Municipal Leaders
  • Putting Stream Temperature Data to Work

Data and Data Visualization Resources


Volunteer Management Guidance Materials

Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers hosted an informative webinar by Suzanna Windon, Ph.D., assistant professor of youth and adult leadership at Penn State University: “Volunteer Motivations, Management, Recruitment, and Retention.” The ISOTURE volunteer model that Dr. Windon discussed seems like an excellent model for DRWI watershed groups to consider, in general and in relation to working with EnviroDIY monitoring stations.


WikiWatershed Toolkit

The WikiWatershed Toolkit is a suite of digital resources designed to help citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. The toolkit includes:

  • Model My Watershed®, a web app that lets you analyze geospatial data, model storms, and compare conservation or development scenarios in a watershed.
  • Monitor My Watershed®, a data portal for visualization of environmental sensor and macroinvertebrate monitoring data.
  • Runoff Simulation that shows how land use and soil together determine whether rainfall infiltrates into the soil, runs off into streams, or is evaporated and transpired by plants.
  • EnviroDIY™, a community of do-it-yourself enthusiasts sharing open-source ideas for environmental science and monitoring.
  • Leaf Pack Network®, an international network of teachers, students, and citizen monitors investigating their local stream ecosystems.
  • The Water Quality mobile app for recording water-monitoring data and enhancing learning activities for students and citizen scientists.

Project Updates

Project Updates/Summaries


Meetings, Workshops, and Conferences

Monthly EnviroDIY-DRWI User Group Meetings

See the playlist of all monthly meeting video recordings

February 15, 2024: Model My Watershed Tutorial and Real-World Applications

A basic tutorial on functions and usage of Model My Watershed by Stroud Water Research Center’s Assistant Director Dr. Scott Ensign, followed by a case study on usage of Model My Watershed in the Tulpehocken Creek watershed by Steve Tricarico of the Tulpehocken Creek Watershed Association.  

January 18, 2024: Management of an EnviroDIY CTD Monitoring Station

A condensed training on how to manage an EnviroDIY station equipped with a CTD sensor. We reviewed the technology and discussed management and maintenance procedures including data monitoring and group alerts and communications, sensor cleaning, quality control, troubleshooting, and Stroud Center support.

December 14, 2023: End-of-Year Review

2023 end-of-year review: meetings; new stations deployed; total active stations across the Delaware River Basin; continuous data patterns and their variability and subtlety; continuous data summaries; salt and temperature snapshot data and ecological thresholds.

November 16, 2023: Student Presentations on Watershed Science, Education, and Advocacy

Student presenters Jay Byrd, Elisabeth Ruschmann, Toby Broun, and Saranya Anantapantula discuss their watershed science, education, and advocacy work and provide some generational perspective on environmental issues.

October 19, 2023: Monitoring Salt Pollution in Streams

David Bressler from Stroud Water Research Center presents a follow-up to last month’s presentation on the science of salt pollution and discusses how to monitor for salt pollution in streams using real-time continuous data, snapshots (i.e., synoptic sampling), targeted measurements by hand, and other methods.

September 21, 2023: The Science of Salt Pollution

Dr. John Jackson from Stroud Water Research Center talks about the science of salt pollution and recent advances

August 17, 2023: Urban Stream Syndrome in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Dr. Megan Fork from West Chester University talks about the urban stream syndrome in southeastern Pennsylvania.

July 20, 2023: Guidance From the Local Policy and Practice Workgroup

The local policy and practice workgroup offers guidance on understanding EnviroDIY data in the context of local government decisionmaking, navigating the complexities of local government, and how to be effective in working with government officials and EACs to support watershed health and good management

June 15, 2023: Depth Perception: Using Continuous Water Depth Data to Inform Recreation, Monitoring, and Loading

This month’s presentation was on usage of continuous water depth data to inform recreation, monitoring, and loading, by Christa Reeves with Musconetcong Watershed Association. As usual, there was an update from the local policy/practice workgroup, as well as our normal meeting introduction and updates from the Stroud Center.

May 18, 2023: Water Temperature, Part 2 – Continuous Data and Synoptic Monitoring

A follow up to last month’s science of water temperature presentation by John Jackson, David Bressler focused on continuous data and synoptic (aka snapshot) monitoring. We also discussed interpretation of water temperature data and sharing this type of information at the community level. There was an update from the newly formed local policy/practice workgroup, as well as our normal meeting introduction and updates from the Stroud Center.

April 20, 2023: Water Temperature, Part 1 – Thermal Characteristics of Streams

This month’s presentation was by Dr. John Jackson of Stroud Water Research Center. This will be the first of two water temperature presentations this spring. John talked about the science of water temperature/ thermal pollution and how it influences stream ecosystems, aquatic life, water chemistry, etc. There was also an update from the newly formed local policy/practice workgroup, as well as our normal meeting introduction and updates from the Stroud Center.

March 16, 2023: Wild and Scenic River Management

This month’s presentation was by Alan Hunt, director of policy and grants at the Musconetcong Watershed Association. Alan also serves as the river administrator of the Musconetcong River Management Council. He talked about the council and about watershed councils in general — how they can function, why they’re formed, successes/challenges, etc. There were also updates from the newly formed local policy/practice workgroup and the Stroud Center. 

February 16, 2023: Salt Pollution in Valley Creek

Pete Goodman from Valley Forge Trout Unlimited provides an update on his recent work on road salt questions and issues in the Valley Creek watershed. He talks about the data and his communications with local Environmental Action Committees and others. There is also an update from the newly formed local policy/practice workgroup.

January 19, 2023: EnviroDIY in the DRB Feedback on Focus Group and Draft Plan

This month we discussed two topics: facilitating an independent focus group to collaboratively build capacity to address environmental issues at the local policy/practice level, and reviewing a draft plan for 2023 monthly EnviroDIY in the DRB meetings.

December 15, 2022: EnviroDIY in the DRB and Associated Monitoring, 2022 Year in Review

This presentation is an end-of-year review of EnviroDIY and monitoring in the Delaware River Basin and will include summaries of tech upgrades, station deployments, site visits and QC, data communication products, sampling events, and 2022 monthly meeting topics. We also present a list of key things to remember with EnviroDIY station management and watershed monitoring.

November 17, 2022: Darby Creek Headwaters Community Science Snapshot

Lauren McGrath and Anna Willig from Willistown Conservation Trust and Aurora Dizel from Darby Creek Valley Association describe a recent pilot salt blitz in support of their Darby Creek headwaters monitoring project to better identify salt-contaminated areas and potential sources of contamination.

October 20, 2022: Winter Salt Data and Its Importance in Understanding Salt Pollution

We discuss winter salt data (conductivity, chloride, and cations Na, K, Mg, and Na) and their importance in understanding salt pollution. Also, general updates on EnviroDIY and associated monitoring and feedback on the meeting format and content.

September 15, 2022: Watershed Salt Snapshot Protocol

David Bressler describes a process for doing salt “snapshots” to develop a detailed picture of salt contamination across a watershed.

August 18, 2022: Tracking Station Function With Monitor My Watershed, Revisiting the Pilot Salt in Tap Water Survey, and More

Stroud Water Research Center staff review features of Monitor My Watershed that can help with tracking station function, revisit the pilot Salt in Tap Water Survey results and participation, and review statistics on EnviroDIY station visits and summaries of the continuous data from stations throughout the Delaware River basin.

July 21, 2022: Monitoring the Pocono Mountain Special Protection Waters

Geoff Rogalsky, Tobyhanna Creek/Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Association, and Alex Jackson, Brodhead Watershed Association

June 16, 2022: Chloride Blitz

Ryan Neuman, Tookany-Tacony/Frankford Watershed Partnership

May 19, 2022: Communicating Temperature Monitoring on the Musconetcong River

Christa Reeves, Musconetcong Watershed Association

April 21, 2022: Winter Storm Chloride/Conductivity Rating Curves; A Multi-Factor Index to Describe Water Quality Using Continuous Data in the Delaware River Basin

Diana Oviedo Vargas, Stroud Water Research Center

March 17, 2022: Results of Recent Surveys Focused on CSci and Monitoring Terminology, Salt in Tap Water, and Winter Storm Salt Levels; Technology Updates

David Bressler and Shannon Hicks, Stroud Water Research Center

Carol Armstrong, Pennyslvania Master Watershed Steward, Chester/Delaware counties.

January 20, 2022: Monitor My Watershed Updates and Anticipated Upgrades in 2022

Shannon Hicks, Stroud Water Research Center

December 16, 2021: EnviroDIY Monitoring Station Winter Maintenance

David Bressler, Stroud Water Research Center

November 21, 2021: Developing and Using a Conductivity-Chloride Rating Curve

David Bressler, Stroud Water Research Center

October 21, 2021: No Presentation

August 19, 2021: EnviroDIY Brings Together Non-Profits, Communities, and Agencies to Monitor Aquatic Resources

Jake Lemon and Matt Barney, Trout Unlimited

July 15, 2021: Evapotranspiration Performance of Vegetated Stormwater Control Measures

Michael Burns, Villanova University

June 17, 2021: Where Have We Come From and Where Are We Going?

Dave Bressler, Stroud Water Research Center

May 20, 2021: Water Temperature – Part 1 – Thermal Characteristics of Streams

John Jackson, Ph.D., Stroud Water Research Center

April 15, 2021: Investigating Stream Response to Road De-Icing Agents

Patty Haug, West Chester University graduate student and Master Watershed Steward

March 18, 2021: Turbidity, Part II: What is it? Why do we measure it? How is it used to assess stream health?

Sara Damiano, Stroud Water Research Center

February 18, 2021: Turbidity, Part I: What is it? What does it mean for stream health?

Scott Ensign, Ph.D., Stroud Water Research Center

January 21, 2021: Using Continuous Monitoring Data to Develop an Upper Paulins Kill Characterization Report for Guiding Watershed Management and Decision-Making,

Kristine Rogers, Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, and Juniper Leifer, Lopatcong Creek Initiative

December 17, 2020: Monitoring and Litigation in a Watershed with Quarry Dewatering, Sinkholes, and Subterranean Stream Flow

Francis Collins, Primrose Creek Watershed Association

November 19, 2020: Watershed Monitored With SL137 (UNT Cobbs Creek): How Did We Get Where We Are Today?

Derron LaBrake, Darby Creek Valley Association

October 15, 2020: Watershed Stories: Temperature Monitoring and Station Maintenance for Citizen Science

Robert Sarnoski, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist

September 17, 2020: Pickering Creek Sediment Inputs and Outputs

Mike Bullard, Green Valleys Watershed Association

August 20, 2020: How I Have Used EnviroDIY

Christa Reeves, Musconetcong Watershed Association


User Support Workshops and Trainings

November 1, 2023: Michigan Trout Unlimited Webinar

  • Road Salt: What We Know About Concentrations, Toxicity, and Implications for Surface and Groundwater, John Jackson, Ph.D., Stroud Water Research Center: Video

October 5-6, 2021: 2021 Watershed Specialist Meeting

  • Building an EnviroDIY Monitoring Station, David Bressler, Stroud Water Research Center: Presentation PDF | Video
  • Managing an EnviroDIY Monitoring Station and Using Monitor My Watershed, David Bressler, Stroud Water Research Center: Presentation PDF | Video

June 23, 2021: EnviroDIY Mayfly Monitoring Station Troubleshooting Virtual Workshop

October 14, 2020: Master Naturalist Workshop at Green Valleys Watershed Association

May 17, 2020: Master Watershed Steward EnviroDIY Monitoring Station Support Workshop

February 29, 2020: Monitor My Watershed Teach-the-Teacher Workshop at The Nature Place, Berks Nature

October 18, 2019: EnviroDIY Monitoring Station User Group Gathering at Brodhead Creek Heritage Center

August 10, 2019: EnviroDIY Monitoring Station Management Workshop at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge

July 20, 2019: Master Watershed Steward EnviroDIY Monitoring Station Training at Berks County Agricultural Center

May 24, 2019: EnviroDIY Monitoring Station User Group Gathering at Great Marsh Institute


Conference Presentations

2021 Watershed Congress, September 23

  • EnviroDIY in the Delaware Basin: Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going? PDF | Video

National Monitoring Conference, April 2021

  • Continuous Monitoring Stations in the Delaware River Basin for Understanding Individual Sites and Regional Patterns: PDFVideo

Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference, November 12-13, 2020

  • Volunteer Monitoring: How to Survey Streams and Build Volunteer Monitoring Capacity; Juniper Leifer (Lopatcong Creek Initiative) and Erin Stretz (The Watershed Institute). Watch video

Delaware Watershed Congress, September 21-25, 2020

Delaware Watershed Research Conference, November 19, 2019, at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Watershed Ecology Workshops

Darby Creek Watershed 101 Online Workshops

Watershed 101

May 18-19, and 31, 2017 at Stroud Water Research Center

Watershed 102: Aquatic Ecology as It Relates to Watershed Restoration and Protection

September 24-25, 2019, at Stroud Water Research Center

Watershed 201, Measuring Stream Discharge and Suspended Sediment

June 7, 2019, at Willistown Conservation Trust