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This was presented at the Ohio Environmental Council's 2009 Clean Water Conference by Breann Hohman.

This was presented at the Ohio Environmental Council's 2009 Clean Water Conference by Breann Hohman.

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How to Start a Volunteer Water Monitoring Program Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Starting a Volunteer Monitoring Program g g Breann Hohman, Coordinator Erie Soil and Water Conservation District
  • 2. Starting a Volunteer Monitoring Program Form a group g p Determine Goals Select Sites Select Monitoring Protocol Write a Study Plan Train Volunteers Monitor/Analyze Data Present Data/Thank Your Monitors The FCT Tribs Team Program
  • 3. Volunteer Stream Monitoring g
  • 4. Determining your goals What do we want to monitor? Streams Construction sites How will we use the data? How long do we want to monitor? Short- Short-term study Long- Long-term study What’s our budget?
  • 5. Goals of the FCT Program Develop a baseline of water chemistry Problem identification Project evaluation Public Engagement P bli E Stewardship - “Citizen Scientists” Education
  • 6. Forming a Group Make sure your group is diverse! Suggestions Technical T h i l Scientist/Lab Technician Academic A d i Teachers/Students Citizen Resident/Civic group member
  • 7. Selecting Sites Start with a map Think about future projects Go G out to each potential site h i l i Get landowner approval for access
  • 8. Sampling Sites
  • 9. Selecting Monitoring Protocol How will your data be used? What resources will b available? Wh ill be il bl ? Equipment Laboratories Volunteers What’s your budget? y g
  • 10. Write a Study Plan Again how is the data being used? Internal Only EPA Volunteer Monitoring Program Level 1 – education Level 2 – problem ID and evaluation Level 3 – regulatory 319 Grant Project QAPP
  • 11. Training Volunteer Monitoring Handbook Training D T i i Day Protocol Sheets in Kits Follow- Follow-up Site Monitoring
  • 12. Dealing with the Data Think outside the box to analyze data Let your volunteers in on the action Graphs G h can get b i spice i up with a thank boring i it ih h k you dinner Volunteer Monitoring Chili Dinner Present Data Recognition of Service Stories of Monitoring
  • 13. FCT Tribs Team Nuts and Bolts Sampling parameters pH, Temp, DO, Turbidity Ammonia, Nitrates, Conductivity, Sol. Reactive Phosphorus Volunteers – 20 Sampling sites Old Woman Creek – 9 sites Pipe Creek – 7 sites Two Partnering Laboratories Old Woman Creek Reserve NERR City of Sandusky Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • 14. Volunteer Engagement Training g Full Day Workshop Handbook and Stream guides Follow Up Phone calls Site checks The Big Thank You Winter Chili Dinner Event
  • 15. Current Successes Data Analysis Landuse affects on water quality “The Sky is not falling!” Storm- Storm-based system Construction activity Community Engagement Many returning volunteers Channel 11 News broadcast More eyes on the ground y g
  • 16. Questions? The Creek… The Estuary... And Barrier Beach.