The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program and its Citizens Advisory Committee held the "Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Workshop" on September 18, 2013 at Pier 40, Hudson River Park, Manhattan.
What is 'Citizen Science'? It can be broadly defined as scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. For more on the topic, see HEP's "Citizen Science" mainpage.
Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Workshop - Presentations
Presentations and recordings
Opening remarks and estuary demonstration (Bob Nyman, Director of the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program; Nicolette Witcher, Vice President of Environment & Education, Hudson River Park Trust; Carrie Roble, Director of Environmental Education and Stewardship, Hudson River Park Trust; and Gabriela Munoz, Program Associate of the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program)
Panel 1: What makes the water dirty, why it matters, and what we can do about it.
Basics of rainfall, stormwater, combined sewer overflows, and water pollution
(Kate Zidar, SWIM Coalition) | PDF
Addressing water pollution
(Franco Montalto, Drexel University) | PDF
Water conservation to reduce CSO pollution
(Suzie Stempel Housely, Brooklyn College) | PDF
Panel 1 Q&A
Panel 2: How the government tracks water quality and notifies the public.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Water Monitoring and Standards
(Bill Heddendorf, NJDEP) | PDF
Monitoring and Modeling To Develop Real-Time Advisories
(Sri Rangarajan, NYC Department of Environmental Protection) | PDF
2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria
(Wayne Jackson, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2) | PDF
Panel 2 Q&A
Panel 3: Implementing a citizens water quality monitoring program.
Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Testing Program
(Tracy Brown, Riverkeeper) | PDF
Utilizing Citizen Science for the Arthur Kill Blueway | PDF
Citizen science perspective on completing a quality assurance project plan
(Nancy Roberts-Lawler, Musconetcong Watershed Association) | PDF
Panel 3 Q&A
Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act
(Victoria Schmitt, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) | PDF
Live demonstration of water sampling, lab preparation and analysis (Nina Zein, The River Project)