Watershed Conservation

Water Quality Monitoring

The Conservancy's watershed conservation program staff provides technical expertise in identifying and treating all forms of non-point source pollution, such as excess nutrients and fertilizers from agricultural operations and sediment from eroding streambanks. This type of pollution is the leading cause of water quality issues impacting our region’s waterways.

Macroinvertibrate samplingOur trained watershed staff provides technical assistance for water quality and riparian-area monitoring, macroinvertebrate (such as crayfish, snails and dragonflies) sampling, habitat evaluations and monitoring-protocol development, among other areas of specialty. Our staff is also available to serve on project steering and technical committees, and advisory boards at the local, state or federal level.

Water Quality Monitoring

The Conservancy’s trained watershed staff can provide technical assistance to landowners or other organizations with water quality and riparian area monitoring, macroinvertebrate sampling, habitat evaluations and monitoring protocol development, among other areas of specialty. In addition to working with private landowners, our watershed staff can be hired on a fee-for-service basis. We work with a variety of different clients, including local government and state agencies, county conservation districts and private companies, to develop and implement all types of aquatic and riparian monitoring programs. Our trained staff considers a number of parameters and indicators when assessing water quality, including:

  • Nitrates
  • Phosphates
  • Turbidity
  • Conductivity
  • pH
  • Temperature
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Aquatic Macroinvertebrates


For More Information:

Watershed Conservation Program
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
1067 Philadelphia Street, Suite 101
Indiana, PA 15701