Testing the Waters, May 2016

Thanks to everyone that contributed to and participated in the Testing the Waters event in May, 2016. The event was one of the more successful events ever held by the Coalition, and we’ve created this page to archive some of the materials and data from the trip. On this page, we provide information about the event including links to project’s Final Report and the archived interactive map (showing all the data collected).

The “Testing the Waters” event was an eleven-day event in May 2016 in which we paddled almost the whole length of the Rock River from Horicon Marsh to the City of Beloit (201 miles total) collecting water quality data with an innovative array attached to a kayak. The system allowed us to collect water quality samples every 10-15 seconds for the whole length we paddled and provide the information in real-time on the Testing the Waters map. Along the way, we gave presentations at several communities and several local schools.

A substantial portion of the funding for the trip was provided by grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and as part of the grant requirements, we produced a Final Project Report on the event, what was learned, and how this event could be repeated.