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River Watch
River Watch
River Watch

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

Physical habitatRiver Watch is a statewide citizen 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.

Interested in becoming a River Watch volunteer? 

For more information, please contact us at or call us at (303) 291-7322.​


  1. ​​​Provides Rivers and Streams and all plants, animals and humans, which depend on them, a voice in decision-making processes, protecting and restoring their health and function.

  2. Volunteers get outdoors, exposure to CPW mission, wildlife and recreation opportunities, learn the value, function of rivers, how to collect and use quality chemical, biological and physical data, be stewards of their rivers, and contribute making a difference.

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

  4. CPW gets data to protect and restore water quality decisions, a network of stewards and mission supporters, a meaningful connection with not traditional citizens, ability to prioritize resources, cost savings that achieve more than could be accomplished alone.​