Citizen Scientist

The Citizen Scientist FREE Water Monitoring Program
2019 Spring Enrollment Is Open NOW!

The Citizen Scientist Program is a collaboration between the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and GC Resolve.  Other participants include various High School Science and FFA Students, various organizations, and dozens of volunteer Citizen Scientists. 

The reason we are testing private wells on farms is to give an opportunity for farm families and rural residents to increase awareness about rising contaminants in Eastern Nebraska, and to help improve their health by identifying potential contamination in drinking water supplies from excess nutrients. 


Here is the latest data collected by Citizen Scientists from the 2018 Summer Testing Period:



How Does The Program Work?

The University of Nebraska Deparment of Civil Engineering will provide all testing materials to volunteers. Volunteers will measure the concentrations of key nutrients, nitrates, nitrites and phosphates, using rapid test strips that provide an accurate and reliable results in less than 1 minute. All volunteers will receive training (30 minutes) to ensure that they are comfortable with the tools provided.

The information that you collect will be sent to the University of Nebaska, by either mail or email, for analysis. Expert faculty and staff will answer questions and provide feedback to you on the levels of plant nutrients in the water that you tested. As a Citizen Scientist, you will be kept informed about the results of this program and alerted to future opportunities to improve your water resources.

When Will We Be Testing Next?

We are now growing our network of Citizen Scientists for 2019.  Dates for 2019 spring testing periods are April 29th - May 20th and the summer testing period is from August 26th - September 9th.  If you were a Citizen Scientist in 2018 you are eligible to test again for free.

To Become A Citizen Scientist:

PLEASE CLICK HERE if you want to test your water and live in Burt, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Butler, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Lancaster, Madison, Platte, Polk, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne or Washington Counties.

If you have additional questions please contact:

Matt Cronin
GC Resolve
402-515-2471 |


Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
University of Nebraska
402-554-3868 |
1110 S. 67th St
Omaha, NE 68182-0178

Thank you for considering this opportunity to participate in monitoring your water resources!


This program is not affiliated with or under the direction of any regulatory body, such as the U.S. EPA.