What does taking action imply?
For CSP and our volunteers, it means monitoring water laden with manure runoff, adapting sampling to shifting weather conditions, poison ivy, gnats, mud, bulls, delivering or shipping samples on time to the laboratory, entering results into databases;…and much more…
It means dealing with this June’s E. coli results that blow past the standard (126 colony forming units / 100 mL) to 98,000 and 150,000 cfu/100 mL in area streams, with 75 and 81 million cfu “background bacteria” that could be anything. And, June’s phosphorus levels of 2.57 and 4.22 mg/L when the standard is 0.075.
Despite the hurdles, volunteers are already putting ideas into action, being part of the solution, and going beyond just thinking/talking about the problem!
CSP wants to THANK ALL OF YOU for your engagement, time, and effort.
Volunteers from 15 to 90 years old are working together and joining in the water quality monitoring action and citizen science in different ways: some go on the biggest adventures, some take the smaller ones, some make important connections and talk about water issues to landowners, some attend meetings, some drive samples to the lab, and some keep an eye on important issues and sensitive areas.
A special recognition to Deb & Bill Hiller and Fred Hausler who have been making an impact with their actions for many years!
THANK YOU TEAM, YOU ARE ALL GREAT!
If you too want to turn ideas into actions by joining our team of citizen scientists, please contact CSP Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator Omaru Heras, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-632-7021