Volunteer Monitoring Support Program

Montana has a broad spectrum of citizen-based, volunteer water quality monitoring programs. Many volunteer monitoring (VM) programs are administered by watershed groups, conservation districts, local water quality protection districts, non-governmental organizations or other entities. Each group is driven by a unique set of monitoring objectives which may include watershed education for youth and adults, collection of baseline data to study water quality status and trends, or monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices and restoration projects. Volunteers collect a variety of chemical, physical and biological parameters to characterize water quality and associated habitat and flow conditions. DEQ has funding to fund the laboratory analysis and sample shipping costs of water and sediment chemistry samples collected through volunteer monitoring efforts. This funding supports projects designed to gather water quality data related to  nonpoint source water pollution. Applicants can request up to $3,000 per project. See the Call for Applications for more information.

Call for Volunteer Monitoring Lab Analysis Support Applications

2018 Application 

Budget Table Template

Monitoring Parameter Suite and Pricing

Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) Template

Supplemental Guidance for SAP Template

Applications Due

DEQ SAP Review

Funding Allocated
March 23, 2018 April 6, 2018 After April 6, 2018
  • Applications due by 2:00 p.m.
  • Eligibility determined using checklist for eligibility (page 2 in Call for Applications)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • A draft SAP and budget table matching the fund request must accompany the application
  • If all funds are not allocated, applications will be received and funded on a case by case basis
  • DEQ Review Committee will review draft SAPs and applications
  • Comments and recommendations for changes will be distributed to applicants by April 6, 2018
  • Funding will be available once comments are sufficiently addressed and DEQ has accepted the awardee's SAP
  • Funding may be rescinded if SAP is not followed in sampling
  • Decision to award funds will be based on criteria as addressed in the application (page 3 in Call for Applications)


For more information on volunteer water quality monitoring in Montana, contact:

Katie Makarowski
DEQ Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment