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New app helps citizen scientists protect Arizona water quality

12/06/17

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has announced the launch of a new tool, Arizona Water Watch mobile app, allowing ‘Citizen Scientists’ to contribute photos and data that will help ADEQ more quickly discover and analyze water quality issues in Arizona. Anyone can become a Citizen Scientist by collaborating with professionals in scientific research, in just a few minutes on a smartphone.

The app is powered through a geographic surveying platform, Survey123 for ArcGIS. Smartphone users can easily submit photos and data for any stream, wash, river or lake in the state within a few minutes. After verification, the submitted information is plotted on an interactive GIS map of the entire state.

“Arizona is full of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts and we’re excited that ADEQ now enables them to contribute observations that aid in the protection of our streams and lakes,” said Meghan Smart, ADEQ Water Quality Scientist. “With volunteers and state employees working together, we can increase the data collected, cover more of Arizona and expand volunteer opportunities within the new Arizona Water Watch program, it’s a win-win!” concluded Smart.

Submissions through the app are used by ADEQ scientists to update flow patterns in streams and washes, address water quality issues across the state and identify waterbodies for future studies.

To Access the Mobile App:

  1. Download Survey123 for ArcGIS from the iTunes App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android)
  2. Open the app and sign in with username adeqaww and password adeqaww2
  3. Select "Get Surveys" and then select "AZ Water Watch"
  4. Start collecting!