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Watershed Watch is a one-day science event to help gather data about the health of the Boise River. The event takes place the fourth Thursday in September with upper elementary students in the Treasure Valley. We encourage any adults who wish to contribute to water quality data collection to attend an IdaH2O Master Water Stewards workshop and borrow our water monitoring kit.

Each upper elementary class is assigned an accessible site along the Boise River and is guided in hands-on water quality testing by water professionals from one of our partner organizations. Students wade into the river to test the chemical, physical and biological health of the Boise River by conducting tests and searching for macroinvertebrates (water bugs) and invasive species. Data from the sites is compiled and shared after the event to get a snapshot of the health of the Boise River. This event is a unique opportunity for students to do hands-on science in the field with local scientists and engineers.

In 2020, we offered Watershed Watch as a virtual program – the information and videos remain on this website (see below) for any who wish to use it.

Please contact us if you have questions about the program.


 

Watershed Watch 2020

Is the Boise River Healthy?

Explore the Boise River virtually through videos and worksheets below to assess the health of the Boise River. 

Week 1: How Does Water Management on the Boise River Affect Water Quality?

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (Word Doc) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

Week 2: Temperature and Turbidity

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (Word Doc) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)
  • Use this river video if you can't get to the Boise River to answer challenge 3 questions.

Watch Week 3: Invasive Species 

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (PDF) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

Watch Week 4: Organisms in the River

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (Word Doc) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

Watch Week 5: Nutrients

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (Word Doc) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

Watch Week 6: Environmental Engineering 

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles) 
  • Assignment (Word Doc) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

Watch Week 7: Rules and Regulations

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles) 
  • Assignment (Word Doc) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

Watch Week 8: Lab Analysis

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (Word Doc) (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

2021 Sponsors

City of Boise

City of Meridian

City of Caldwell

Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Intermountain Bird Observatory

Partners for Clean Water

SUEZ

United States Bureau of Reclamation

United States Geological Survey