From 1984 to 2011, we actively worked with citizens, environmental groups, landowners, and local colleges and universities to implement an effective “Citizen-Science-based Environmental Monitoring Program.” In 2009 we started the Citizen Groundwater and Surface Water Database to compile certified laboratory data developed during the initial stages of natural gas development in Pennsylvania.
Since 1984, the monitoring tools and methods may have changed. Still, the training process for the “citizen scientist” has always been about developing critical thinking skills, helping to build connections, and adequately educating and informing the citizen scientist. We need “Boots on the Ground” - This is not about war, but about the “Citizen Scientist”.
The “Citizen Scientist” is a properly trained, equipped, and informed citizen who is a significant field asset and human sensor to help protect the environment and human health. Even today, the most effective sensors are the human eyes, ears, and nose and a thinking brain with a pair of boots on the ground.
Are you interested in becoming a Citizen Scientist? We encourage you to join the ranks of other like-minded individuals who have a passion for protecting our shared watershed. Citizen Scientists, as individuals or groups, volunteer their time to venture out to test the streams, ponds, and lakes in their local region.
If you are a citizen scientist, part of a conservation group, or involved in a watershed initiative, please consider sharing your contact information with the KnowYourH20 Team. We are in the process of compiling a Global Directory of Citizen Scientist Teams, Conservationists Groups, and Watershed Organizations. With this effort, we hope to unite grassroots fact-based environmental efforts with students, educators, experts, volunteers, mentors, senior corps, and other environmental organizations. Get your organization added to our geospatial database.
If there aren't any groups in your region, consider starting one yourself!
Are you looking to increase your environmental education? In our Get Training section, we offer online, classroom, and field environmental educational opportunities for future Citizen Scientists looking to expand their knowledge about water, water quality, and earth science.