Did you know you have the power to monitor local rivers, streams and lakes for water quality? It’s true! Not only in the United States but worldwide over 120,000 people monitored water in 2009. With the help of watershed groups, citizen networks and local chapters of national organizations, it is easy to monitor water by becoming a volunteer monitor. A volunteer monitor is trained to monitor the conditions of local streams, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. Initiatives like this help to not only protect the quality of water, but also to build awareness amongst a volunteer’s community to pollution problems. Volunteers perform the role of helping to identify and restore problem sites, become advocates for their watersheds and increase water quality information available on our waters. Click on your state to find monitoring programs around you.
World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is another way you can get involved with your area’s water quality. WWMD is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. The day is celebrated every September 18. Data can be collected from March 22nd until December 31st. Visit the WWMD website for more information and learn how you can acquire your own water testing kit to monitor your local water body!
Visit EPA’s website to find out more about the Monitoring and Assessment of Water Quality and how you can do your part by volunteering.