Monitoring water quality helps keep streams safe. But data alone won’t drive action if the right people can’t see or understand it.
Downstream has the tools to turn data into stories.
Water Watch is a citizen engagement program designed by the Downstream Project to connect watershed groups with members, activate volunteers, quantify stream restoration outcomes, and alert the public about stream contamination. Water Watch is built around two cloud-based applications developed by The Commons (formerly Chesapeake Commons): Water Reporter, a social network that shares images, observations, and monitoring data to fuel social media campaigns for improving water quality; and Field Doc, which measures stream restoration impacts of management practices at the project and parcel level.