Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM PDT
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:30 PM PDT


This is an online event. 



Janice Elvidge
The River Mile Network

The River Mile 

Educators and students collaborating with partners to do real-world science and enhance the health of the Columbia River Watershed.


Mission Statement
Our mission is to connect students and teachers throughout the Columbia River Watershed with the National Park Service, state and federal resource agencies, and organizations to do real-world science. Together they form a network of resource managers, scientists, informal educators, teachers, and students exploring how we simultaneously use and protect our watershed.

The River Mile is…
…a network of educators, students, resource managers, scientists and  environmental educators in the  Columbia River Watershed sharing what they know and learn about the Columbia River Watershed and sharing best practices, lessons learned, examples of participation, links to resources and collecting and sharing real world scientific data.  It is a participant driven approach to learning, researching and exploring the watershed health of the Columbia River.

 Students and teachers are engaged in the practices of scientists and resource  managers as they become intimately familiar with their  outdoor classroom by spending time in the field inventorying, monitoring, analyzing, investigating and researching site discoveries. 



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Master Water Stewards Program
Water Quality Training
Virtual Live Instructor Led

September 16 and 23, 2020

4:00PM to 5:30 PM each day


3rd-12th Grade Educators

A Joint Education Training Opportunity

Presented by:

National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, The River Mile Network, and the University of Idaho Extension

Instructor: U-Idaho Extension Educator, Jim Ekins
208-292-1287     idah2o@uidah.edu


Registration Deadline: When Full 

The Master Water Steward (IdaH2O) program is a volunteer, citizen scientist effort to collect basic water quality data for Idahostreams.  This program is offered through University of Idaho Extension to provide a unique opportunity to learn about and document regional water issues.  

The Master Water Steward program has been adopted by The River Mile.  The River Mile and IdaH2O are combining data in order to expand water quality information.   

A toolbox for teaching about water (science, social-science, reading, etc.).  The Master Water Stewards program trains citizen scientist volunteers to monitor local streams and water ways. 

Specific Course Objectives:

1. Develop an understanding of basic watershed processes;
2. Develop an understanding of water beneficial uses and impairments;
3. Develop a watershed monitoring plan;
4. Develop the skills to conduct water monitoring—assessing habitat, physical and
chemical parameters of the water and biological components;
5. Identify classroom applications for the Master Water Steward program.

These 2 trainings plus pre-readings and session assignments, are equivilant to the 4 hour classroom portion of the in-person IdaH2O training, and will cover:

 Introduction to Master Water Steward (IdaH2O) program and The River Mile
 Getting Started
 Watershed Mapping
Stream Habitat Assessment
 Physical Assessment
 Chemical Assessment
 Biological Assessment

In addition, to fully participate in the collection and submission of water quality data to the Master Water Steward program and The River Mile, beyond the basics for the TRM Crayfish Study, you will also need to participate in a field-based in-person training.  These trainings are 4 hours in length, occur at local waterbodies, and cost $20.  A variety of dates and locations will be chosen based on need.  It will also be available for University of Idaho Professional Development Credit and Washington State STEM clock hours.

Professional Development Credit and Clock Hours

Free Washington STEM Clock Hours are available. In addition, University of Idaho Professional Development Credit is available at the current university rate. 

To qualify to receive credit from the University of Idaho credit or Washington State STEM clock hours, additional readings and activities are required. The following are a portion of those requirements:

  • Pre-readings—to be completed prior to the IDAH2O Training Workshop, will be e-mailed to class participants
  • Class participants must choose a watershed, and a water quality issue within that watershed, on which they will write a 2-4 page repor
  • Class participants must develop a 2-4 page customized monitoring plan that would allow them to apply the IDAH2O program in their classroom; this can certainly include a lesson plan
  • Potential monitoring sites should be visited to ensure feasibility and access


Janice Elvidge: 509-754-7848

Instructor: U-Idaho Extension Educator, Jim Ekins
208-292-1287     idah2o@uidah.edu


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Register Now! Registration Closes When Full