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LEO (Lehigh Earth Observatory)
LEO projects include the operation and maintenance of a digital hydroprobe on the Lehigh River, analysis of water chemistry for tributaries along the Lehigh River, and ecosystems studies in the Lehigh Watershed. The data is received on a weekly basis and can be accessed at this site.

River Watch
The National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched the River Watch site, providing up-to-date river forecast information for the nation’s largest river basins such as the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. Daily river summaries are provided for each basin, in addition to five-day forecasts for river stage heights. This site also offers hyperlinks to river forecast sites for the other regions of the US as well as other related sites. This is an excellent resource for current information on river level conditions, and is made more valuable by the geographical extent of its coverage.

The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program
GLOBE is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students conduct an array of measurements and observations at their schools and share their data via the Internet with other students and scientists around the world to detail an environmental picture of the globe. This site is an excellent way for students to contribute data to a unique ecology project.

Index of Watershed Indicators (IWI)
This site provides links to the national maps for IWI, the national data downloads for IWI, national difference maps, maps that show the difference between the first release of the IWI and this release, and regional maps where they are available. The data documentation and download links include a data profile about each indicator that describes how the data was obtained and used. This site also provides a description of the quality of data for each indicator on a national basis.

DCNR Watershed Education (WE)
Watershed Education, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks is an educational program for students and teachers in grades 6-12. It promotes classroom and field research, hands-on ecological investigations, networking, partnerships, stewardship and community service in an effort to produce environmentally literate citizens.

Water on the Web
WOW provides high school students and undergraduate students with an opportunity to learn science, mathematics, and technology while using near real-time and archived water quality data to monitor Minnesota lakes.

DRBC's Hydrologic Information
This site includes information and links on the subjects of weather, floods, droughts, stream flows, and hydrologic conditions.

Estuary-Net Project
Estuary-Net is an excellent site for teachers using guided inquiry learning activities in their classroom. Estuary-Net was developed by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System in response to water quality issues arising in coastal areas. This site contains a database of monitoring data from National Estuarine Research Reserve sites and volunteer sites. Data includes water temperature, water level, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and stream flow. Biological variables and bioassment techniques are also included in the dataset. These include water quality, habitat, benthic macroinvertebrates, intertidal organisms, aquatic vegetation, chlorophyll/plankton, and fecal coliform bacteria. In addition to the datasets, the secondary school volunteer sites contain metadata. The metadata includes research descriptors, entry verification, experimental design, research methods, site location and character, data collection period, associated researchers and projects, data table descriptors, and remarks.

Neuse River Estuary MODeling and MONitoring (MODMON) Project
As part of the MONitoring phase of MODMON, a variety of water quality parameters are measured on a weekly to monthly schedule at stations along the center of the river. These data provide snapshots of conditions down the center of the Neuse. As part of the MONitoring phase of MODMON, they will be sampling water from the Neuse River on a weekly basis. This will provide a three-dimensional snapshot of conditions along the river. This sampling will include current velocity and hydrographic data.

Students as Scientists - Pollution Prevention through Education
The Lower Cape Fear River Program is a large-scale water quality assessment program covering the Cape Fear River Estuary and a large portion of the lower watershed. Program objectives are to develop an understanding of the fundamental scientific processes shaping and controlling the ecology of the Cape Fear River system and provide a mechanism for information exchange and public education. Numerous physical, chemical, and biological measurements are collected at thirty-four different sites on a regular basis so biologists, chemists, physicists, and geologists will be able to understand freshwater and estuarine processes in the Cape Fear River basin.

ALERT System
ALERT is an acronym for "Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time." The ALERT system is comprised of a network of gauging stations that collect rainfall and creek level data in real-time. Each ALERT site transmits standardized data packets to a central computer via radio telemetry. The data is analyzed by specialized software that produces information in a variety of formats for use in evaluating current and future flood threat potential.

Columbia Basin Research
River and Ocean Data Access in Real Time from the University of Washington. This site includes a River Environment and River Report, Headwater Flows, Hourly Water Quality, Coastal Upwelling Index, and Ocean Moored Buoys.

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
The Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) site contains information about the program, data and metadata files, and related publications.

Kentucky Water Watch On Line Database
Volunteers throughout Kentucky have submitted data on water quality in Kentucky’s rivers and streams.

The Vermont Rivers Project
The Vermont Rivers Project Database consists of data submitted by students from Vermont and throughout the United States. The Rivers Teacher Enhancement Project is designed to improve content knowledge and pedagogy of teachers. Aquatic biology is the content focus and within aquatic biology, the rivers of Vermont. Each year, specific rivers from both the Lake Champlain and Connecticut River watersheds will be studied.

Lake Access, Making Water Quality Data Real and Relevant for Minnesotans EMPACT Metro Grant - Minneapolis, MN
Lake Access uses advanced sensor technology and the Internet to provide real-time and historical water quality data for lakes in the Minneapolis metropolitan region to help citizens make informed decisions on lake and land management issues using advanced sensor technology and the Internet.

Community Recreational Water Risk Assessment and Public Outreach: - Milwaukee, WI
This site contains documents with water quality information from beaches in Milwaukee and Racine to allow the general public to make informed decisions regarding possible health risks associated with using public beaches for recreational purposes such as swimming.

Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN): EMPACT Metro Grant - Boulder, CO
Boulder Creek Water Quality and Nutrient data is available from the BASIN spatial data catalog. Clickable image maps of many online time-relevant data resources are available from around the Boulder Creek Watershed.

Enhancement of Environmental Communication in the Lower Great Miami River
This site contains daily information about the health and vitality of the rivers in the greater Dayton, Ohio area. This site will provide information on water quality data of the rivers. Real-time water quality readings recorded at each station are periodically transmitted via phone modem or cell phone modem to the master database at The Miami Conservancy District.

Monitoring Your Sound
A Marine Environmental Monitoring Network for Long Island Sound provides the general public, government agencies, academic institutions, and the marine industry with comprehensive, real-time marine water quality monitoring data for Long Island Sound.

This site is designed to provide the best free water quality data for the western part of Michigan. Students become marine biologists on local streams, rivers, and most importantly, Lake Michigan. Dissolved oxygen, pH levels, Florel-Ule color, turbidity levels and conductivity, percent of saturation, and the tiny biota from the bottom and plankton in the water were studied and recorded.

Delaware River Keeper
Delaware River Keeper is a nonprofit membership organization that has worked since 1988 to strengthen citizen protection of the Delaware River and its tributary watersheds. An affiliate of the American Littoral Society, a national conservation group, Riverkeeper works throughout the Delaware's entire 13,000 square mile watershed, which includes portions of NY, NJ, PA and DE. Riverkeeper Fact Sheets provide information about Riverkeeper issues, projects, and Delaware watershed streams. Fact Sheets are updated as new information becomes available. Fact sheets are available on information on the water quality of streams such as Alloway Creek, Assunpink Creek, Big Timber Creek, Blacks Creek, Cooper River, Crafts Creek, Crosswicks Creek, Delaware River, Delaware Canal, Martins Creek, Neshaminy Creek, and Newton Creek.

USGS Water Resources of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s current and historical water data is available at this site. Search a list of all Pennsylvania USGS Gauging Stations (by county, basin, and map).

The goal of the Watershed Information Technical System (WITS) is to provide the information and tools to support local watershed planning, restoration, monitoring, and education via the CERES Web. CERES and its project WITS are programs of the California Resources Agency.


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