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River Watch
River Watch

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is Rive​r Watch? 

River Watch logoRiver Watch is a statewide community science, volunteer water quality-monitoring network supported by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, other partnerships and capable volunteers. Our mission is to create stewards for all water and aquatic resources through hands-on ​chemical, physical and biological monitoring of watershed health and utilize this high-quality data to make informed decision to preserve and restore the condition of Colorado’s water.

This program is unique in its statewide focus, leverage of resources, quality and frequency of data collection and use of the data for diverse watershed management decisions.

Youth collecting water samples in river

Interested in becoming a River Watch volunteer? 

Sign up and find volunteer opportunities. For more information, please contact us at or call us at (303) 291-7322.​


  • Provides rivers and streams and the plants, animals and humans, which depend on these resources, a voice in water quality decision-making processes, helping to protect and restore river health and function.

  • Exposes volunteers statewide to the outdoors and the mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife protecting wildlife and providing unique recreational opportunities. Through this program, volunteers learn the value and function of rivers, how to collect and use quality chemical, biological and physical data, and be stewards of their rivers, and contribute to making a difference.

  • Decision makers get quality data to make informed decisions to protect and restore our waters, striving for appropriate regulation.

  • CPW receives high quality data to protect and restore waters across the state, a network of stewards who support CPWs mission, a meaningful connection with a non-traditional CPW conservation minded audience, ability to prioritize resources, and significant cost savings due volunteers’ generous donation of their time.