The Wild and Scenic Rivers Project was a collaboration between Adventure Scientists, the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management to address water quality data gaps and update the status of Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSRs) across the nation, improving how these river systems are managed and protected. From 2020 through winter of 2023, more than 198 volunteer teams visited 201 priority rivers and collected water quality data.

On this page, you will find further information about the project, data summaries, data access, project resources, and media.

If you have any questions or comments about this page, or want to see more information, don’t hesitate to reach out at

Project Field Seasons

Year 1: June 2020 – January 31, 2021 

Year 2: April 1 – September 1, 2021
            October 1 – February 28, 2022

​Year 3: April 1 – September 1, 2022
            October 1 – February 28, 2023


Data Dashboard

The dashboard below summarizes data volunteers collected for the projec. The dashboard is interactive and live. For more detailed data exploration, click the button below.

Water Quality Portal (WQP)

The WQP is the EPA regulated water quality data warehouse. The information and videos below guide you through the process of accessing data through this portal.

To access this dataset we ask that you fill out the form on the data request page. Button below. Once your request has been approved you will receive a link that will allow you to download the dataset on WQP as well as the raw “out of the field” version of the dataset we curate ourselves.

If you run into technical difficulties, please contact our data administrator at


This project follows the guidelines set forth from the QAPP document, which was developed with federal partners, as well as some state agencies.

 Volunteers with this project collected data and water samples in the field after completing an interactive online training. We supply them with sampling equipment and printed protocol booklets. Digital copies of those printed protocols can be found below.

Field Probe Protocol
Grab Sample Protocol
​Grab Sample and Field Blanks Protocol
Invasive Species Guide


In the Field

Explore photos from our dedicated adventure volunteers and watch our short film: “Wild for the Green.”


Media coverage about the Wild and Scenic Rivers project.

How Outdoor Enthusiasts Can Help Scientific Research About Climate and Wildlife – The Revelator – July 27, 2022 

WSR Winter Collection – Essex Media & Explorations – December 25, 2021
Citizen Scientists Step Up – River Management Society Journal – Winter 2021

Blog Post: Kalmiopsis Trip Report: Exploring Chrome Creek – Northwest Rafting Co. – April 25, 2021