Monitoring Resources

Monitoring Database

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.

newGuide to the NEW Surface Water Data Viewer! (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

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)

Entering Results

Viewing or Editing Results

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