Public Invited to Water Quality Monitoring Workshop click to register
Volunteers sought to monitor streams in regions at risk of experiencing shale gas drilling
The New York Water Sentinels are looking for new volunteers to expand its stream monitoring efforts in Tioga and Broome Counties and will be hosting a stream monitoring workshop on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 117 East Main Street in Owego, Tioga County, NY. Lunch will be provided.
Monitoring the quality of our drinking water is in the interest of everyone, regardless of one’s view on hydrofracking. The New York Water Sentinels program recruits and trains citizens to take regular water samples. During the training, participants will learn how to collect baseline data and monitor water quality using a protocol developed by the NY Water Sentinels and ALLARM.
The workshop will also include a presentation about the importance of community monitoring, the science behind shale gas drilling, and the water pollution that could stem from natural gas drilling. At the workshop, volunteers will develop the skills to monitor, collect, and analyze stream quality data.
A contribution of $35 is requested to help cover the cost of training and the purchase of monitoring equipment. This sum is reimbursable to volunteers that participate in 15 sample grabs and 2 quality control procedures over a 12 month period.
The NY Water Sentinels work with local citizen groups, university labs, and other water testing programs to recruit, train, support, and coordinate ongoing monitoring. The training of NY Water Sentinels volunteers is conducted by ALLARM, (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring), a citizen science organization based out of Dickinson College.
Since December of 2011, the NY Water Sentinels have organized and trained 6 regional groups. To date, 160 volunteers have made over 1,500 visits to document conditions at 125 stream sites. Streams being monitored span 12 counties and 6 major watersheds across the Southern Tier. See our Project Status page for details.