Each wetland ecosystem is adapted to a unique water quality profile, created by a wetland's hydrological features. While most aquatic ecosystems languish when pH levels rise above 8.2 or fall below 6.5, for example, cranberry plants, tamarack trees, orchids and other species adapted to living in bogs can thrive in pH levels as low as 4.5.

Because there is so much diversity in wetland water conditions, wetland water quality is both fascinatingly dynamic and extraordinarily difficult to measure and interpret, even for professional natural resource managers. Consequently, we do not recommend site-level volunteer groups monitor wetland waters. In this publication we explain a little about why and offer an alternative.


Web site links to informational resources in the pdf publication may change over time. For the most up-to-date links, go to: INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES

Project coordination by the Rock River Coalition and Suzanne Wade, UW-Extension Basin Education Initiative.
Researched and written by Patrice Kohl
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