The Water Reporter

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About this app

Water Reporter users discover, track, and examine pollution issues that threaten ecosystem and human health via user-initiated monitoring programs.

Water quality impacts our daily life and the health of our natural world. Addressing pollution threats can feel daunting: pollution sources often elude even the best scientists, and solutions take time — and resources — to make an impact. Despite all of the obstacles of combating threats to our watersheds, the environmental community is up to the challenge!

With Water Reporter we’ve created a platform where everyone participating in environmental monitoring can come together to collect geolocated data to shed light on watershed quality issues and publish the results as data-driven solutions to pollution problems.

Water Reporter is built and maintained by The Commons, a 501c(3) organization creating meaningful software solutions to support the environmental sector.

Key features:

• Former web-only tools now available on compatible Android mobile devices.
• Multiple options to collect and manage your water quality monitoring data.
• Build mobile-ready, location-aware data collection forms.
• Collect station-specific data via digital forms.
• Build data sources with your own protocols.
• Define your own scores and thresholds to indicate status and health for monitoring stations or parameters.
• Build portable maps to embed in websites and share through your media channels.
• Integrate data from the national network of USGS stream gauges.
• Maintain ownership of your data with downloadable data sources.
Updated on
May 5, 2020

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10 reviews
A Google user
June 12, 2019
it could have a little clearer interface and menus, but this is a great concept that will only get better for preventing pollution the more people that use it. Give it a try! When in doubt, upload a picture of potential pollution and let a professional give it a look.
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Abduljebar Official
February 1, 2022
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A Google user
February 13, 2017
I love this app for recording the good the bad and the ugly on river trips and just out and about. The fact that I can snap a geo-located photo and have an expert notified and follow-up if needed is such a powerful tool.
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What's new

In this release you'll find a customizable post feed, enhanced post submission, and new ways to follow groups, people, and watersheds. The Water Reporter experience is now more consistent across platforms, meaning that features once confined to your desktop are available in the app. Now you can create and edit groups, data sources, and maps directly from your phone.

This release also corrects a bug that prevented volunteer contributors from accessing data collection forms.