Free App Turns Creek Exploration Into Education

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Thank you for your interest in the Water Quality Mobile App. The response to the free download offer was tremendous — we surpassed 100 requests in less than three days. If another opportunity becomes available to provide the app for free we will post another announcement. In the meantime, we hope that you remain interested in the app. It is available for download to your mobile devices at the regular price of only $4.99. Visit this page for details.

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Stroud Water Research Center’s Education Department and the Foundation for Ohio River Education (FORE) are partnering to make the Water Quality Mobile App free for a limited time to at least 100 new users! Many schools will remain closed until the end of the school year, and the outdoors have become an important place for learning. This app is an excellent resource for those who want to dive deeper into learning about local creeks and streams.

The Water Quality Mobile App allows educators, citizen scientists, and creek enthusiasts to learn about water quality and identify aquatic invertebrates with a user-friendly suite of tools designed for Apple (iPhone and iPad) and Android mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). Citizen scientist users can also use the app to log, share, and interpret data they collect in the field.

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The Water Quality Mobile App allows educators, citizen scientists, and creek enthusiasts to log, share, and interpret data they collect in the field.

“We hope the Water Quality App will be a great way for individuals and families to explore the waterways in their own communities,” says FORE Director Heather Mayfield. “We encourage them to download the app and to visit FORE’s website for additional resources and safety information that will enhance their learning experience.”

The free download of the WaterQuality app also coincides with the release of its newest version. WaterQuality 1.9 includes a number of updates, most importantly, the macroinvertebrates section now matches the latest materials in the Leaf Pack Stream Ecology Kit.

“Educators, students, families, researchers and others have reported that the app has helped them learn and study their local streams. You can record data, open learning pop-ups to understand what the data means for the health of your local stream, and use the digital field guide to identify aquatic macroinvertebrates,” says Stroud Center Education Director Steve Kerlin, Ph.D.

Complete this short Google Form to add your name to the list to receive the app for free (first 100 respondents). Thanks for the tremendous response! The form is now closed.

For more information on the Water Quality Mobile App and its features, visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play and search for “WaterQuality.” Additional stream study resources are available from our Education Department or the Foundation for Ohio River Education.

The Water Quality Mobile App is part of the WikiWatershed® Toolkit, a Stroud Water Research Center initiative to help citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water.