What’s in your rain barrel other than water? Off the Roof wants to find out

Many of us are familiar with the phrases “water is life” and “every drop counts,” but may still take our access to clean water for granted. Not until incidents like the lead poisoning of Flint residents or Cape Town running out of water do we become truly thankful for being able to turn on our … Read more “What’s in your rain barrel other than water? Off the Roof wants to find out”

Categories: Citizen Science

Empowering the community to monitor water quality in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

In response to failure of government to provide adequate water quality information following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the Rincón Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation Blue Water Task Force have banded together with other local groups to restart their water testing program and empower their local community. … Read more

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Health

From snorkeling to selfies, here’s how you can advance scientific research

You’re in good company  We just returned from the 2017 Citizen Science Association conference in St. Paul, MN and we can confirm that citizen science is hot!  Give yourself a pat on the back for being part of this awesome movement! Below, we share some new and alumni projects we think you’ll love. Find more … Read more “From snorkeling to selfies, here’s how you can advance scientific research”

Categories: Citizen Science, Newsletter

River Keeping in New Mexico

River Keeper. Watershed Keeper. There’s something poetic—maybe a bit Celtic—about these terms, which in the world of citizen science refer to someone monitoring a waterway for soil erosion, contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Across the United States, with sonorous names like Willamette River Keepers and Chattahoochee River Keepers, citizen scientists are keeping watch over the … Read more “River Keeping in New Mexico”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Project Profile

“Stream Selfies” Bridge Information Gap on Stream Health

Izaak Walton League Celebrates Citizen Science Month With Project To Document Streams Across America By Danielle Donkersloot, Izaak Walton League Clean Water Program Director Every American has the right to know whether the streams running through their backyards and neighborhood parks are safe. But there is an alarming lack of up-to-date information about water quality across … Read more ““Stream Selfies” Bridge Information Gap on Stream Health”

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Collaborative Citizen Science for Clean Water Management

By Lishka Arata, Conservation Educator at Point Blue Despite the current administration’s efforts to roll back the Clean Water Act and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, interest and participation is growing in a new EPA- and stakeholder-led citizen science project that aims to inform clean water management. The Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative has been gathering steam … Read more “Collaborative Citizen Science for Clean Water Management”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Guest Contributor, Project Profile

The Poetry of Science at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historical Site stretches over 246 rolling acres in Flat Rock, N.C. The writer and poet Sandburg moved to the property in 1945 for the solitude the natural landscape provides. Today, it is a place where nature, science, and creativity intertwine. Five miles of trails meander throughout the site – some leisurely … Read more “The Poetry of Science at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

Citizen science pushes Hawai’i Department of Health to act on beach pollution

For the past seven years, citizen scientist volunteers with the Kaua’i chapter of the Surfrider Foundation Beach Watch Task Force have been testing the waters at 27 recreational sites along the Kaua’i coastline. This summer they achieved a victory when the Hawai’i Department of Health (HDOH) finally acknowledged the concerning levels of pollution in local … Read more “Citizen science pushes Hawai’i Department of Health to act on beach pollution”

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What’s in YOUR Water?

Water: We can’t live without it. Photo: USFWS Water is one of our most precious natural resources, so it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of scientists in need of your help to keep an eye on rivers, streams, lakes, oceans, and taps.  Below, our editors highlight five water monitoring projects. You can find hundreds … Read more “What’s in YOUR Water?”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Newsletter, Ocean & Water

A Picture Saves 1,000 Streams – Water Quality Monitoring on Your Smartphone

This post is part of this week’s featured projects about water quality monitoring. Take a look! Despite over 70% of the Earth’s surface being covered in water, one in nine people do not have access to an improved water source.(1) Contaminated water kills more people than all wars, crimes and terrorism combined yet more people … Read more “A Picture Saves 1,000 Streams – Water Quality Monitoring on Your Smartphone”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water