All Water Action Volunteers stream monitors will be entering their results to the DNR "SWIMS" database beginning in summer 2015. The SWIMS database is used by DNR staff to enter and search for water monitoring information to make management decisions. The database is directly linked to the DNR website and the Surface Water Data Viewer online mapping tool. Station data summary reports are available for all Level 2 stations through 2014, and will be available for both Level 1 and Level 2 stations beginning in 2015.
SWIMS USE TIP SHEET! (pdf)
Registering to Use the Database
- The first step all volunteers must take to enter results to the SWIMS online database is to obtain a Wisconsin Access Management System (WAMS) identification. Follow these steps to obtain this ID and to register to use the SWIMS database >> Obtain a WAMS ID (713 KB pdf)
Requesting a Monitoring Station
- To request to monitor a stream site, you must know your site's GPS coordinates. You can use Google Maps to do this (by right clicking on the point and selecting '"What's Here") or you can use the DNR's Surface Water Data Viewer to determine the site's latitude and longitude. >> Directions for Using the Surface Water Data Viewer to Determine Site GPS Coordinates (PDF)
- Use the following form to submit your request for a new monitoring station >> SWIMS Station Request Form
Determining Your Stream Monitoring Site's "Station ID"
- Each location that is monitored by DNR staff or volunteers in Wisconsin has a Station ID. This Station ID should be written on every data form you complete for the WAV program, no matter if you are reporting regular monthly data, potential aquatic invasive species, or for habitat assessments. Follow these steps to determine your site's Station ID >> Determine Station ID (PDF)
- >> Access the SWIMS database
- A webinar was held in late June 2015 to demonstrate how to use the new online form. >>View the webinar
- >> Access printable directions for how to enter your data to SWIMS (1.2 MB pdf)
Viewing or Editing Results
- Data entered to the DNR SWIMS database are accessible to both DNR staff and the public.
- Use these directions to view or edit your raw data >> View or edit data (202 KB pdf)
- Use the directions above to determine your stream monitoring site's Station ID. Then >> Go here to view annual reports for each site