Water quality data builds the foundation for watershed management. This data is used by various groups to assess the health of the environment as well as identify potential impacts and priorities within watersheds. The St. Joseph River Basin Commission began water quality monitoring in 2014 with the goal of compiling water quality data on waterbodies within the St. Joseph River Basin lacking historic data. The current program samples 13 parameters on surface waters monthly for one year and is revisited on a three year cycle. A minimum of four of the twelve samples taken at each site throughout the year are taken during wet weather conditions. The Commission is confident the annual rotation of three monitoring phases will to build a robust database of water quality data within the Basin which will aid the Commission and other organizations in identifying at risk resources in the St. Joseph River Watershed.