Citizen Scientist

Project Taps Citizen Scientists
To Gauge Water Quality Across Nebraska

A team of researchers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln needs the help of curious people.

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.  

2019 testing results will be released shortly.


Here is the data collected by 2018's Citizen Scientists:


How Does The Program Work?

The University of Nebraska Department 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 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 Nebraska, 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?

2020 testing dates will be announced soon.  The entire state will be able to participate in the 2020 Citizen Scientist spring and summer testing sessions.  If you were a Citizen Scientist in the past 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!