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Citizen Science

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

Lunch roundtable

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)

Water sampling

Sample preparation

Sample analysis


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