On this site you will find information about our statewide water monitoring project. This information includes an interactive map, recent news and events and information about our partners and collaborators throughout the state.

Water Quality Monitoring Workshop and Educator Training

March 12th at 10am to March 13th at noon, 2018

Upham Woods is hosting a Water Quality Monitoring Workshop and Educator Training! This workshop is open to any educators or program facilitators interested in instructional methods for DOTS and citizen science water quality monitoring.

For more information about this event, see our event information page.

To sign up for the workshop, click here to complete the signup form.

For more information about the EPA Water Quality Monitoring Project, email Justin Hougham at justin.hougham@ces.uwex.edu

Recent News and Events

August 2-4, 2017

Wisconsin Youth Water Stories Summit kicked off on the morning of August 2nd with participants coming from Escuela Verde and Urban Ecology Center, both located in Milwaukee; La Crosse Schools; Bayfield and Washburn Counties; and Northland College. Students collected data on transects of the Wisconsin River by canoe, exploring a riparian ecosystem through observation and data collection on Black Hawk Island, completed a low ropes course and measuring water quality of the Wisconsin River Watershed. On August 4th a symposium was held with a total of 7 presentations with all students given time to speak in front of the group. The data everyone collected was revealed and explored.

Read the full story here.

June 20, 2017

Bad River Reservation, Learning from the Land with DOTS

Youth from Bad River Reservation (near Ashland, WI) explored their local waterway on the Bad River. They were able to use DOTS digital tools to more closely investigate how recent flood events altered local fishing spots. They paid close attention to native versus invasive plant species and developed inquiry into how invasive plants can affect an ecosystem. Keep up the great monitoring efforts!

June 20, 2017

The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, Ashland WI

The research team at Upham Woods met with researchers from the Burke Center to observe and inquire about their water monitoring efforts. Water issues in the Chequamegon Bay include E. coli congregation affecting beach-going safety. The Burke Center uses a model to predict advisories and closures and collects data for numerous health and nature departments. See the full story here.

Project Information

Upham Woods and their partners have been awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Local Grant Program (Grant no. EPA-00E02045). This grant will support two years of DOTS implementation with a focus on local water quality.

Collaborators in this project include:

  • Escuela Verde
  • Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley Branch
  • The School District of La Crosse
  • The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation of Northland College
  • Ashland and Bayfield County Extension

To learn more about our collaborators, check out the Partners and Collaborators page for bio sketches, pictures and updates on current projects.

For more information contact

Dr. Justin Hougham

Director, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center