The Klamath Tribes
Water Quality Monitoring

The largest water quality data collection entity in the Upper Klamath Basin, monitoring water quality conditions in Upper Klamath Lake since 1990 and major tributaries including the Sprague, Williamson, and Wood Rivers since 2001.

The monitoring program includes sampling water nutrients, water chemistry, algal toxins, and aquatic biota at up to 11 lake sites and water nutrients, water chemistry, and stream discharge at up to 20 river and stream sites.

This rich dataset is the foundation for environmental management and restoration of Upper Klamath Basin and is critical to enacting significant water quality change. By providing this data to the restoration and management community and the public the Klamath Tribes are committed to efficient and transparent data sharing and collaborative analysis across all partners committed to improving the future health of the basin. The Klamath Tribes hopes the water quality dataset and this app will support restoration actions that achieve water quality, native fish populations, and other ecosystem goals for the basin.

Sprague River Water Quality Lab (SRWQL)

Since 2006 the Sprague River Water Quality Lab (SRWQL) has allowed the Klamath Tribes to analyze all water nutrients, water chemistry, and algal toxin samples in-house. The lab worked closely with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Lab to complete a laboratory evaluation project comparing the data split between the two labs. The lab has been accredited through the National Environmental Lab Accreditation Program and Oregon Environmental Lab Accreditation Program. The SRWQL utilizes state-of-the-art automated discrete analyzer technology with the Thermo Fisher Aquakem 250. The lab also uses E-friendly methods that employ chemicals that are less toxic to the environment.

The largest water quality data collection entity in the Upper Klamath Basin, monitoring water quality conditions in Upper Klamath Lake since 1990 and major tributaries including the Sprague, Williamson, and Wood Rivers since 2001.

The monitoring program includes sampling water nutrients, water chemistry, algal toxins, and aquatic biota at up to 11 lake sites and water nutrients, water chemistry, and stream discharge at up to 20 river and stream sites.

This rich dataset is the foundation for environmental management and restoration of Upper Klamath Basin and is critical to enacting significant water quality change. By providing this data to the restoration and management community and the public the Klamath Tribes are committed to efficient and transparent data sharing and collaborative analysis across all partners committed to improving the future health of the basin. The Klamath Tribes hopes the water quality dataset and this app will support restoration actions that achieve water quality, native fish populations, and other ecosystem goals for the basin.

Sprague River Water Quality Lab (SRWQL)

Since 2006 the Sprague River Water Quality Lab (SRWQL) has allowed the Klamath Tribes to analyze all water nutrients, water chemistry, and algal toxin samples in-house. The lab worked closely with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Lab to complete a laboratory evaluation project comparing the data split between the two labs. The lab has been accredited through the National Environmental Lab Accreditation Program and Oregon Environmental Lab Accreditation Program. The SRWQL utilizes state-of-the-art automated discrete analyzer technology with the Thermo Fisher Aquakem 250. The lab also uses E-friendly methods that employ chemicals that are less toxic to the environment.