The SRWD conducts water chemistry sampling and water flow/discharge measurements on several locations throughout the Sauk River, in addition to a handful of primary tributaries to the river. The SRWD also collects water chemistry samples from several lakes each year, above and beyond working with lake associations who wish to collect water quality data. The primary goals of the SRWD Monitoring Department are to:
- Track long term water quality trends.
- Evaluate project and program effectiveness.
- Utilize the monitoring results in making sound, science-based decisions on future projects/programs.