The Illustrated Field Deployment Guide for Rivers and Streams


Purpose of this guide: provide examples of how sensors have been deployed in the environment in a range of conditions. Provide information on the "typical" installation as well as cases where extra measures had to be taken to ensure that water-quality data were representative of the overall stream conditions.

Data Quality Objectives

  • Before beginning to develop any monitoring program, Data Quality Objectives (DQOs) must be defined as they are the foundation and basis upon which data are collected.
  • If, after consideration of your project's DQOs a continuous water quality monitoring station is required, we encourage you to browse these pages for ideas that may be applicable to your application.
  • See the EPA Quality Program pages for more information on DQOs; its program's primary goal is to ensure that the Agency’s environmental decisions are supported by data of known and documented quality.


Download the Field Deployment Guide

The ASW Field Deployment Guide is intended to be used as a checklist of considerations to guide both new and experienced users in the deployment of water-quality monitoring systems using continuously-logging sensors. The Guide is organized in four sections: System Selection guides users through the decision process for the type of monitoring system that will be needed; Site Selection covers the factors to consider in order to choose the best sampling location within your project constraints; Installations provides information on platform design, safety considerations, maintenance, and requirements for power and telemetry; and Documentation covers recommendations for written and photographic documentation of the site and the installation.

Rivers and Streams (4.6 MB PDF file)

The Methods and Data Comparability Board is a partnership of water-quality experts whose mission is to develop water-quality monitoring approaches that facilitate collaboration and comparability amongst all data-gathering organizations. The Board develops products that enhance our ability to achieve real environmental gains while making the best use of the limited resources available for water-quality monitoring.

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