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MonitoringUtah water watchUtah Water Watch (UWW) is a water quality education and data collection program that seeks to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and promote stewardship of Utah’s aquatic resources.Tier 1: turbidity (disk), E coli, DO kit, pH paper, temperature, observation (dead fish, odour, blooms, air temp).
Tier 2: conductance probe, DO probe, pH probe, E coli, flow, water chemistry, observation.
Harmful algal blooms reports.
Utah, USAUtah, USAhttps://extension.usu.edu/utahwaterwatch/https://www.citsci.org/CWIS438/Browse/Project/Project_Info.php?ProjectID=2043
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Monitoring and Educational
Cyanobacteria monitoring collaborativeEducational and monitoring program for cyanobacteria bloomsParticipatants contribute in various ways: classification or tagging of cyanobacteria, species identification, and observation, algae photography, specimen/sample collection and sample analysis. Volunteers identify taxa within a waterbody of interest, learn about that taxa, submit their images, and locational information to a centralized database. They can also view geographical distributions of various cyanobacteria taxa. The idea is to map blooms of cyanobacteria algae and follow them over time.1. Bloom Watch observations into their mobile app. 2. Cyanobacteria mapping . 3. Cyanobacteria population monitoring over timeNew England, USA
World (iNaturalist Cyanobacteria observations)https://www.citizenscience.gov/catalog/494/#Cyanobacteria observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?project_id=5286&place_id=any&verifiable=any&captive=anysnook.hilary@epa.gov
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Monitoring (educational materials on their website uown.org)Urban Micro CSICitizen scientists gather microbial water quality information, then handled by researchers to facilitate identification of stream locations prone to impairment due to fecal bacteria. To achieve this goal, researchers use a statistical modelling tool (Virtual Beach, VB). This modeling tool was previously used for recreational beaches, and it is available for users too. You can find guides on how to use it in their website. The project aims to identify the environmental conditions that produce those bacterial contaminations and help to develop mitigation practices.Objectives of the program: 1/ water monitoring by citizen scientists. 2/ Collection of microbial data 3/ Generation of predictions of urban streams/regions prone to fecal bacteria contaminations. Water visual score,biological score, conductivity.uscm, turbidity.ntu, po4.mgL,no3.mgL, pH, temperature.c, e.coli.cfu,month, year,day,quarterAtlanta and Athens, Georgia USAGeorgia USAhttps://www.citizenscience.gov/catalog/492/#http://uown.org/UOWN-Wordpress/monitoring-results/http://uown.org/UOWN-Wordpress/contact-us/
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MonitoringHui o ka Wai OlaVolunteers in Maui collecting coastal water quality dataVolunteers in Maui collecting coastal water quality data, including nutrient and sediment samples. The aims is to monitor the water quality to contribute to further measures and the protection of the Ocean. Water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, nutrients (total N, total P, phosphate, ammonia, nitrate + nitrite).Maui, Hawaii islands, USAMaui, Hawaii islands, USAhttps://www.citizenscience.gov/catalog/478/#Upon request: https://www.huiokawaiola.com/data.htmlhuiokawaiola@gmail.com
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Monitoring and EducationalSMART (Stormwater Management Research Team)High schools and diverse communities coming together to collect data, develop solutions, and educate the public about water pollution and management. Particularly encouraged those underrepresented in the STEM field to apply and take advantage of all the opportunities of the program. SMART seeks to empower females and minorities to use science and engineering to research water quality in their local watershed. Students engage in numerous science and technology fields: engineering design, data acquisition, analysis and visualization, chemistry, environmental science, biology, and information technology. Students also connect with a diversity of professionals in water and engineering in government, private firms and non-profits. Dedicated mentors support SMART students as they research water issues within their communities. SMART began in the State of Maine. Now, through an NSF INCLUDES grant, SMART has expanded to eight states (New York, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Idaho, and California), where partners are designing stormwater-themed projects that address their location and demographic specific needs.Participation Tasks: Classification or tagging, Data analysis, Data entry, Identification, Learning, Measurement, Observation, Problem solving, Sample analysis, Site selection and/or description, Specimen/sample collection,Maine, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, CaliforniaMaine, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Californiahttps://umaine.edu/smart/
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hyeT8luYkv40SSsbavNuzHu2WY86ujGGeT2ZGjds4wY/edit#gid=0jishio@maine.edu
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Montitoring (educational materials on their website)Arizona Water WatchMonitor water quality to collaborate and help scientific researchers at water management purposesVolunteers receive training to collect and prepare water samples for testing
and help to design a study specific to the monitored waterway.
Data will help scientists find pollution sources and monitor restoration projects
Type of waterbody, water presence, recent rain, water volume, water color, trash presence (size), animal presence, presence of potential pollutant sources, dead fish presence. Mobile app found at: http://static.azdeq.gov/wqd/azww/azww_app_guide.pdfArizona, USAArizona, USA
http://azdeq.gov/programs/azww
.https://adeq.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=e7b6b01d60a640f0b320213b340b3228 Sample collection spreadsheet to be completed (can be reused for you for educational purposes): http://static.azdeq.gov/forms/arizona_water_watch_data_form.pdf. ms14@azdeq.gov
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MonitoringLakes of Missouri Volunteer Program Volunteers collect samples which are analyzed by the University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife limnology laboratory. Volunteers learn: 1/ to select an appropriate collection site 2/ collect and record field data 3/ Process and store the water sample. Volunteers receive copies of the analysis report and updates on the educational section of the program. The goals of the program are: 1) to determine the current water quality based on productivity or trophic state of Missouri's lakes, 2) to monitor for changes in water quality over time, and 3) to educate the public about lake ecology and water quality issues.Temperature, phosphorus, nitrogen, chlorophil, turbidityMissouri, USAMissouri, USAhttp://www.lmvp.orghttp://www.lmvp.org/lakes.htm
tony@lmvp.org
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Monitoring and EducationalSummer on the MarshThe primary goal of Summer on the Marsh was to enhance the capacity of marine science centers to meaningfully engage youth ages 9-12 in field-based citizen science for the protection of coastal waters.
Summer on the Marsh was followed from our successful Summer Science project by establishing a regional network of eight summer camp programs grounded in field experiences for environmental education in the marsh ecosystem. The two-year program included citizen science monitoring by campers ages 9-12, support and training for informal science center staff and partner scientists, and dissemination to peers at regional and national forums.
Elevation, Temperature, Salinity, species richness (sampling protocol: http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Marsh_Sampling_Protocol_Gonneea42015.pdf)New England, USA
New England, USA
http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/summer-on-the-marsh/
https://www.citsci.org/CWIS438/Browse/Project/Project_Info.php?ProjectID=676abonanno@neaq.org
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EducationalMacroinvertebrates.orgInterdisciplinary research and development effort to create an innovative new kind of teaching and learning resource for aquatic insect identification to support citizen science identification activities. This project brings together expertise in entomology, learning sciences, software engineering, water quality biomonitoring, and design.
Development of an online, open source training toolkit to support freshwater insect (benthic macroinvertebrate) identification activities for water quality biomonitoring as assessment.
Eastern United States
http://macroinvertebrates.org
Marti Louw, MDes.
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Monitoring and EducationalBaltimore Ecosystem studyParnerships between the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studiesschools, and the US Department of Agriculture, Parks and People Foundation. Aims at producing data for LONG TERM Ecological Research. Comparison of rural and urban areas. Educational purpose: involve citizen scientists and school students. Providing educational tools for school teachers. This program aims at 1/ Maintaining positive engagement with communities, environmental institutions, and government agencies. 2/ Educating and informing the public, students, and organizations that have need of scientific knowledge. 3/ Assembling and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community of researchers, educators, and participants. 4/ Schools can participate and find educational materials (https://sites.google.com/site/bpesleducation/)Baltimore, USABaltimore, USAhttp://beslter.orghttp://beslter.org/data_browser.asprosie@caryinstitute.org
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EducationalZooniverseWide range of citizen science projects gathered on the Zooniverse website. Many related with environmental factors, some aquatic. Just browse them to get involved.
https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?discipline=nature&page=1&sort=-classifiers_count&status=live
WorldWorld
https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/notes-from-nature/classify?reload=1&workflow=2765&_ga=1.249836678.1679137723.1466428860
contact@zooniverse.org.
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Monitoring and EducationalEPA Urban Waters Program -- Amigos Bravos
Student- and community-based water quality monitoring events at the urban Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Amigos Bravos aims at the protection of the rivers, with a wide range of other projects such as native species protection, Nutrients and metals, as well as pharmaceuticals, PCBs, and E. coli. Samples analyzed by an EPA certified laboratoryAlbuquerque NM, USANew Mexico, USAhttps://amigosbravos.org/missionNot sharedhttps://amigosbravos.org/contact
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Monitoring and EducationalLong-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for StudentsScience education program for students. Participants receive in-depth curriculum and are trained to survey the distribution and abundance of some Pacific species at monitoring sites along the coast.The program includes:
LiMPETS Workshop: All teachers and educational leaders need to participate in a Workshop to join.
Training: LiMPETS science educators come to your class prior to monitoring to teach your students protocols, species identification, etc.
Monitoring: Collect important data with your students! How frequently should you monitor? That’s up to you. Some participants monitor only once per year. Others monitor seasonally or monthly.
Data Entry: After data is collected, you and your students enter data online.
Analysis: Optionally, students research questions and use the online graphing tools to analyze results.
Communication: Sharing your results is important too! Some participants present posters at scientific meetings; others enter student film contests or write science blogs for the LiMPETS website.
Algae and invertebrates. Pacific crab. California, USACalifornia, USAhttp://limpets.orgUpon request: http://rockyintertidal.limpets.org/app/loginjessie.altstatt@noaa.gov
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Monitoring and EducationalIDAH2O Master Water StewardsVolunteer, citizen scientist effort to collect basic water quality data for Idaho streams.Teachers are trained by IDAH20 team to become a project certified teacher. Workshop topic covers: Watershed investigations, Why and how monitoring works, Water safety, Hands-on field experience, Other related water quality topics.
Idaho, USAIdaho, USA
http://www.uidaho.edu/cda/idah2o
https://idah2o.nkn.uidaho.edu/client/view_main.php
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Monitoring with Educational resourcesGeorgia - adopt a streamThe program is part of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. These are the program goas: 1/ Increase public Awareness of the State's nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues. 2/ Collect quality baseline water quality Data 3/ Gather Observations 4/ Encourage Partnerships between citizens and their local government 5/Provide citizens with the Tools and Training to evaluate and protect their local waterwaysThe program encourages volunteers and communities to monitor and/or improve sections of streams, wetlands, lakes or estuaries through several levels of involvement. Manuals, training, and technical support are provided through Georgia EPD and more than 70 established Community/Watershed Adopt-A-Stream organizers. They organize workshops to provide information to trainers. The topics covered are: 1/ watershed assessments and visual monitoring 2/ chemical and biological monitoring 3/ Assistance in identifying streams to adopt and registering your streams 4/ Answers to questions about the program 5/ Resources such as maps and monitoring equipment 6/ Outreach activities for local community groups and schools 7/ General assistance in organizing your programAir temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, DO % Saturation, pH, setteable solids, water temperature. Monitoring guides and resources for aquatic species: https://adoptastream.georgia.gov/monitoring-resources and educators links https://adoptastream.georgia.gov/teacher-resources-0Georgia USAhttps://adoptastream.georgia.gov/view-data-region
http://www.georgiaadoptastream.com
aas@gaepd.org
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MonitoringStudent Watershed Research ProjectStudents record water quality parameters and macroinvertebrate species/abundance in collaboration with the Environmental Science and Management Department at Portland State University. With support from the National Science Foundation, SWRP began in 1991 as part of The Saturday Academy. Since its inception, over 250 teachers and more than 20,000 students have participated in the SWRP Program. Currently, SWRP participants have generated scientific data and knowledge about 90 different local stream sites in 6 sub basins around the Portland metropolitan area. In 2004, the Student Watershed Research Project moved to the Environmental Sciences and Management Program at Portland State University where it was expanded to include college students and other adult participants.Temperature, pH, alkalinity, turbidity, macroinvertebrates (not found how they measure these)Oregon, USAOregon, USA
http://www.swrp.esr.pdx.edu
Only excel files: https://www.pdx.edu/student-watershed-research-project/data-setspatrick.edwards@pdx.edu
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Monitoring Florida Microplastic Awareness Projectitizen-science project that was funded in 2015 by an outreach and education grant from NOAA's Marine Debris Program. Volunteer citizens are collecting coastal water samples, filtering them and looking for microplastics. Volunteers collected by volunteers are put into a Google Maps database to show the concentration of these particles visually.Microplastics http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/flagler/marine-and-coastal/microplastics/get-involved/Florida, USAFlorida and Alabama, USA
http://www.plasticaware.org
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1fPC629x59mvyVO98Cbb33RuORzc&ll=27.769930287702728%2C-87.37934999999999&z=6Maia McGuire, UF/IFAS Extension Sea Grant Agent
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Monitoring and EducationalUtah Water watchWater quality education and data collection program that seeks to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and promote stewardship of Utah’s aquatic resourcesVolunteers collect credible water quality data for the public, schools, and state agencies. Volunteers are
provided with water quality education and resources to give the public skills to monitor Utah's lakes and streams.
Data is stored in a publicly accessible database and provide interpretation of results.
Biological - Algae, Bacteria, Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Plants
Chemical - Dissolved Oxygen, Nutrients, pH
Physical - Habitat, Temperature, Turbidity
Utah, USAUtah, USAhttps://extension.usu.edu/utahwaterwatch/index.phphttps://www.citsci.org/CWIS438/Browse/Project/Project_Info.php?ProjectID=2043&WebSiteID=7
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EducationalWater SchoolGreat documentation on Ecology, uses of water and taking actions for students of 6-14 years old http://darsihmad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/water-school-sc.pdf
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Monitoring and EducationalChesapeake Monitoring CooperativeThe Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) is a group of leading organizations that provide technical, programmatic, and outreach support in order to integrate volunteer-based and non-traditional water quality and macroinvertebrate monitoring data into the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership.Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative works with diverse partners to collect and share new and existing water quality data. Through this collaboration, we aim to develop a comprehensive understanding of Chesapeake Bay Watershed health.Conductivity
Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Virginia USA
Virginia, USA
https://www.chesapeakemonitoringcoop.org
https://www.chesapeakemonitoringcoop.org/services/chesapeake-data-explorer/Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
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