Citizen Scientists Needed To Collect Hudson River Data
Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2012-06-07 18:00.
Got a keen interest in science and helping New York monitor the health of our natural resources? The Department of Environmental Conservation has just the right opportunity.
As part of the new Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) Program, DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program is educating citizen scientists to collect water quality data from streams and rivers in the Hudson River watershed.
While DEC regularly receives data and information from the public to consider in its assessment of water quality, the WAVE Program provides information about how to collect data most useful to the agency.
Citizen monitors who visit streams July through September will collect and identify insects and other small organisms, or macroinvertebrates, from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom, and preserve one example for each organism for identification by the WAVE Coordinator.
If four or more of the "Most Wanted" organisms are found, then the stream segment is unimpaired and fully supports aquatic life. If mostly "Least Wanted" organisms are found, then the stream segment will be flagged for possible investigation by DEC.
Information sessions are scheduled in June through August at locations in Albany on June 23 and July 21, in Millbrook on June 9 and August 18, in Utica on June 10 and in Cornwall on July 7 and August 4. To register for a session, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Project-WAVE.
For more information on the WAVE program, contact the WAVE Coordinator, Alene Onion at 518-402-8166 or email@example.com.
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