Want to help? Interested in finding aquatic invasive species and monitoring water quality? Contact us at olw@pdx.edu to find out about becoming a volunteer.
Oregon Lake Watch is aimed at finding and training individuals who appreciate Oregon waterways (boaters, anglers, campers, property owners, resource managers, etc.) so they can play an active role in protecting lakes and reservoirs around the entire state.

Our goals are:

To aid with the early detection of introduced animals and weeds in order to inform rapid responses to high priority threats such as zebra and quagga mussels, New Zealand mud snails, or hydrilla.

To document simple, but critical measures of water quality in order to track potential shifts or trends that may be taking place due to land management in the watershed, food web changes, etc.

To foster the use and enjoyment of Oregon’s many natural lakes and multi-use reservoirs.

This program is organized by the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University with funding from the Oregon State Marine Board’s sale of Aquatic Invasive Species Permits and the Oregon State Weed Board grant

program. Both programs have broadened Oregon's efforts at preventing new and potentially devastating invasions in Oregon waterways.


Several aquatic invasive species (AIS) are already in Oregon,

damaging waterways and costing waterway and fishery managers – and ultimately taxpayers, boaters and anglers – millions.  But new invaders are always knocking on the door, potentially being trailered in from neighboring states, escaping from backyard ponds, or being released when aquarium owners unknowingly dump their plants and animals into a natural waterway.  

Fishermen, recreational boaters, homeowners and lake associations members are all encouraged to look into this opportunity to systematically survey their favorite lakes.  After attending one 6-hour training session, volunteers will receive equipment and a training manual to conduct monitoring on their own schedule at their favorite lake(s).  If you’re looking for an excuse to head up to the Cascades, out to the coast, or elsewhere… this is it! 

Become a Lake Watch Volunteer
Please visit the links above to find out more about the program and whether the OLW is for you.  If you are interested in joining the program, simply fill out this brief survey (click here) or just send us an email with your name and interests.