Your River, Your Day

August 24 – September 4, 2017

Tennessee Environmental Council invites citizen scientists of all ages to help assess the water quality of ALL of Tennessee’s rivers and tributaries. We are recruiting participants in a statewide effort to collect water quality data.

We are asking concerned citizens, educators, stormwater professionals, associates, and faith groups of Tennessee to help us collect data on habitat AND/OR test the dissolved oxygen of local waterways. The information will be logged and aggregated into a central database and reflect the condition of streams and rivers in Tennessee.

This event is held in partnership with the Mississippi River Network’s “Your River Your Day” Mississippi River Day of Action.

 Be a part of something bigger!

There’s still time to collect data for the River Habitat Survey!

Participation map can be viewed HERE

*When choosing a monitoring site, be sure to get permission from the property owner if the waterway lies on private land.*

Safety considerations:

  • Wear appropriate attire: boots, raingear, etc. 
  • Never wade into flowing water above knee level.

    Poison Ivy

  • Check yourself for ticks immediately after hiking.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water.     
  • Watch out for dangerous plants and animals.

Learn how to recognize poison ivy.

Learn how to recognize venomous TN snakes.


Habitat Survey

Habitat Surveys are perhaps the most useful way to assess watershed and stream health, because: (1) stream and habitat conditions can be quickly documented at one sampling point or throughout the length of a stream; and (2) habitat surveys often give strong clues as to what may be happening to your stream.  For example, excessive algae indicate nutrient pollution, which may indicate additional testing for fertilizers and possibly coliform bacteria.

The habitat survey requires little equipment other than a camera/smart phone, clipboard, and basic instructions to gather the information correctly. The goal for the monitoring stream habitat survey is to visually assess the physical environmental impacts. Observations will include water color, odors, sedimentation, erosion, and land use.

  •  Download, print, and complete HABITAT DATA SHEET to use in the field
  • WATCH VIDEO on “how to” submit habitat survey online
  • Complete survey
  • Submit data/pictures in online survey form found HERE

Dissolved Oxygen Survey 

Dissolved oxygen (DO) is critical for fish and aquatic life and the health of the River. 5 parts per million of dissolved oxygen indicates a healthy stream. Less than 5ppm, aquatic life become stressed. 2ppm and below, hypoxia (suffocation) is likely.

The DO test involves collecting water samples four times at six-hour intervals for one day or as many times to show daily flux. A limited number of kits are available. You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a chemistry kit. Contact John McFadden at [email protected] to reserve a kit.

  • WATCH VIDEO on “how to” complete the D.O. survey online
  • Dissolved oxygen data collection forms can be downloaded and printed HERE
  • MONITOR WATER every 6 hours for 24 hours, or enough times to show daily flux. Log information in data sheet in the online survey. 
  • Submit data/pictures in online survey form found HERE

All data is submitted from observations of streams in the Mississippi River Watershed between August 24 – September 4, 2017.