The Water Reporter 4+

Commons Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 7 Ratings
    • Free



Water Reporter users discover, track, and examine pollution issues that threaten ecosystem and human health via user-initiated monitoring programs.

Water quality impacts our daily life and the health of our natural world. Addressing pollution threats can feel daunting: pollution sources often elude even the best scientists, and solutions take time — and resources — to make an impact. Despite all of the obstacles of combating threats to our watersheds, the environmental community is up to the challenge!

With Water Reporter we’ve created a platform where everyone participating in environmental monitoring can come together to collect geolocated data to shed light on watershed quality issues and publish the results as data-driven solutions to pollution problems.

Water Reporter is built and maintained by The Commons, a 501c(3) organization creating meaningful software solutions for the environmental sector.

Key features:

• Former web-only tools now available on compatible Apple mobile devices.
• Multiple options to collect and manage your water quality monitoring data.
• Build mobile-ready, location-aware data collection forms.
• Collect station-specific data via digital forms.
• Build data sources with your own protocols.
• Define your own scores and thresholds to indicate status and health for monitoring stations or parameters.
• Build portable maps to embed in websites and share through your media channels.
• Integrate data from the national network of USGS stream gauges.
• Maintain ownership of your data with downloadable data sources.

What’s New

Version 4.2.1

In this release you'll find a customizable post feed, enhanced post submission, and new ways to follow groups, people, and watersheds. The Water Reporter experience is now more consistent across platforms, meaning that features once confined to your desktop are available in the app. Now you can create and edit groups, data sources, and maps directly from your phone.

This release also corrects a bug that prevented volunteer contributors from accessing data collection forms.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

catchercs ,

Broken Profile

The app will not let me save or even create a profile.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for rating and feedback. We’d be happy to help you troubleshoot. You reach out to us directly via Have a great day!

Ncl26 ,

The idea of this app is great

I would really like to use this app more but I am a voiceover user and not all of the features are accessible. It would be wonderful if this app could be updated so that it is completely accessible and I could interact more with the community. The idea of the app is great and I look forward to future changes where I will be able to fully take advantage of all of the features this app has to offer.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the great feedback. The accessibility issue is one that we will work to get across the goal line as soon as we can. We want to include as many folks as possible and I really appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

waterbugg86 ,

Neat Community

Really awesome to see the number of organizations and individuals joining to share local water quality observations. It would be good to see easier ways to post reports and curate observations but lots of potential.

App Privacy

The developer, Commons Inc., has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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