Recommended field gear, as well as optional gear and other parameter-specific gear is listed below. The recommended section includes items all groups will need to collect basic water quality sampling in the field, document the location of sites and take photos of field work. Optional field gear includes items needed for specific parameters that all groups may not sample for, and alternative items that can be used if needed (for example, less expensive pocket meters if groups cannot afford a YSI multiprobe). Please reach out to MMW with any questions or for advice on sampling gear.
*All coolers and sampling bottles are provided by FRL and shipped to groups for each sampling session.
Easily Obtainable Field Gear
Other Field Gear Sources
Montana State University Extension Volunteer Monitoring assistance program has a Gear Loan
program. It may be possible to borrow equipment for sampling from them, however the gear is only available for short term loan and priority is given to groups based on the order requests are received. Their Gear Loan program also lists some additional items used for substrate surveys and determining solar radiation inputs to sites.