Water Quality Field Guide

Product Code: PS-2829A


The Water Quality Field Guide is a combination ‘how-to’ and ‘why?’ reference.  It covers how to plan for and successfully measure water quality in the field, and it explains why these measurements are important and what they mean.

Prepare for success in the field.  Good water-quality studies need to overcome several challenges:  Knowing what to measure, knowing how to measure, and knowing what the measurements mean.  The Water Quality Field Guide not only prepares you for taking the measurements but also for their interpretation.

Educator-designed, Student-tested

This handy guide was prepared for teachers and students alike, with both a good science process and effective student learning in mind.

Measure 16 Water Quality Parameters

  • Ammonia
  • Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)
  • Chlorine
  • Conductivity
  • Dissolved Carbon Dioxide
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Iron
  • Nitrate
  • pH
  • Phosphate
  • Salinity
  • Stream flow rate
  • Temperature
  • Turbidity
  • Total Alkalinity
  • Total Hardness

5 key questions for each parameter

  • What to observe and how to interpret it?
  • What is it?
  • Why measure it?
  • What factors affect its values?
  • What are ideal values for it?


  • Spiral bound Field Guide
  • USB flash drive with editable MS Word files

Sample Labs

* Download free sample labs;
Biological Oxygen Demand (PDF, 227 KB),

(PDF, 166 KB), and
Phosphates (PDF, 171 KB)