Abbie Lasater, recording air temperature at Town Branch in Fayetteville.
Grimsley Graham and Mark Curtis (left to right) monitoring Clear Creek on a beautiful November day. These two have been Streamsmart volunteers since the beginning of the program back in 2012!
Volunteers work together to identify macroinvertebrates during annual training.
Picture of a great group of women, including Karen Freeman, Jane Foster, Rose Tacker, and Rita Caver (left to Right) ready to monitor at the West Fork of the White River in November, 2020

What is StreamSmart?

StreamSmart is a volunteer water-quality monitoring program for the Beaver Lake Watershed in Northwest Arkansas. Started in 2012, the program equips and guides volunteers to collect water samples and site information quarterly, during February, May, August, and November. Volunteers in this program are integral to the development of a long-term database for tributary stream sites in the Beaver Lake Watershed. Through this program, we aim to engage citizen scientists, increase public awareness, and inform stakeholders about the current quality of our waterways and identify potential trends over time.

How Can You Join?

StreamSmart is designed for adult volunteers and high school students who are supervised by adults. Contact us or call 479-841-0235 if you are interested in joining this program or would like more information.

Monitoring Time Frame

Sites are monitored and samples collected each quarter, scheduled around the first full week of the following months: February, May, August, and November.

Information Collected by Volunteers

During each monitoring period, volunteers collect water samples at their stream site, and deliver the samples to the Arkansas Water Resources Center Water Quality Lab, where they are analyzed for the following parameters:

  • Alkalinity
  • pH
  • Conductivity
  • Total dissolved solids (TDS)
  • Total suspended solids (TSS)
  • Turbidity
  • Total nitrogen (TN)
  • Total phosphorus (TP)

Volunteers also measure air and water temperature, record notes about the site, and take pictures during each monitoring period.

During May and August monitoring periods, volunteers get to collect macroinvertebrates from the stream and identify the types they find. Macroinvertebrates can be excellent indicators of water quality, and they’re fun to collect and identify!

StreamSmart Monitoring Data

Resources for Volunteers