Not all monitoring involves calibrating tubes and assessing litmus papers. If you are monitoring for and want to visualize a non-numeric parameter, Water Reporter can most likely help. 

This article walks through a proposed set of steps for a hypothetical monitoring program.

Program Goal

Fishermen will submit a sample after going fishing to indicate if they caught any small mouth bass and the health of that bass. The data will be displayed on map to indicate fish health and presence/absence.

Data Source Set Up: Stations

In this study, fishermen have signed up and shared one or two fishing spots that they frequent. The spots have been entered as stations by the data source owner with a name and geographic coordinates.

Data Source Set Up: Parameters & Ranges

Parameters will capture the information that will be analyzed. Parameters need to be built before the form can be created. For this program, the parameter collection should include the following:

For the Fish Health and Presence/Absence parameters, you want to add in ranges for different statuses.

Next, let's finish up your form.


Instructions are going to be so important on your form. You'll need to describe to the user which number to put in to describe the qualitative parameter. Your form will automatically have the parameters that you can included in your parameter collections as collection fields. You can add additional fields to your form as well.

Build your Map

Your map will display the indicators for the Fish Health and Presence Absence.  Create a map following the usual steps as outlined in the Map help articles.

In this demonstration map (with completely fake data!) this is the output map:

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