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Laying the Ground Work. Successful Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs are…. Well organized Sound scientific basis Strong institutional support Report results Make a difference (Green & Herron). Well Organized. Clear purpose Develop strong partnerships Steering committee

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Laying the ground work

Laying the Ground Work


Successful volunteer water quality monitoring programs are

Successful Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs are….

  • Well organized

  • Sound scientific basis

  • Strong institutional support

  • Report results

  • Make a difference

    (Green & Herron)


Well organized

Well Organized

  • Clear purpose

  • Develop strong partnerships

    • Steering committee

  • Good relations with decision makers

  • Strong leadership and coordination

  • Clear staff, board and volunteer roles


A sound scientific basis means

A Sound Scientific Basis means

  • Clear monitoring goals and questions

  • Written study design

  • Clear documentation of instructions for all monitoring activities

  • Monitoring scope and complexity appropriate to group’s capabilities

  • QA appropriate to data use


Successful programs report and use their results

Successful Programs Report and Use Their Results

  • Data are turned into a story

  • Results and the story are reviewed by data users and resource people

  • Results are reported in various ways tailored to the audience

  • Information is turned into action

  • Monitoring is used to assess progress


Main uses of volunteer data

Main Uses of Volunteer Data

  • Water Quality or Watershed Education

  • Document Existing Conditions

  • Problem Identification

  • Local Decisions


The continuum of monitoring data use

The Continuum of Monitoring Data Use

Education/ Awareness

Geoff Dates, River Network


The continuum of monitoring data use1

The Continuum of Monitoring Data Use

Problem ID, Assess Impairment, Local Decisions

Education/ Awareness

Geoff Dates, River Network


The continuum of monitoring data use2

The Continuum of Monitoring Data Use

Problem ID, Assess Impairment, Local Decisions

Education/ Awareness

Legal & Regulatory

Geoff Dates, River Network


The continuum of monitoring data use3

The Continuum of Monitoring Data Use

Problem ID, Assess Impairment, Local Decisions

Education/ Awareness

Legal & Regulatory

Increasing Time – Rigor – QA/QC – Expense $$

Geoff Dates, River Network


What is the question

What is the Question?

Possible Questions

  • What is the ecological health of Long Harbour?

  • Is Paradise Lake safe for my kids to swim in?

  • Will Sparkling Stream support Brook trout?

  • Is {…insert name of potential polluter…} adversely impacting WQ in Sawmill Creek?


Is paradise lake safe for my kids to swim in

Is Paradise Lake safe for my kids to swim in?


Is paradise lake safe for my kids to swim in1

Is Paradise Lake safe for my kids to swim in?


Who is the target audience

Who is the Target Audience?


Who is the target audience1

Who is the Target Audience?

  • Members of the general public

  • Local landowners

  • NS Dept. of Environment

  • School children

  • Municipal councilors


Summarize your data to tell your story

Summarize your data to tell your story

  • Tailor to your audience

  • Tailor to your audience

  • Time

  • Level of detail

  • Visuals

  • “Sound bites”


How will results be conveyed

How Will Results be Conveyed?


How will results be conveyed1

How Will Results be Conveyed?

  • Newspaper article

  • Oral presentation

  • Flyer

  • Full-length scientific report

  • Web site

  • Poster


Summary

Summary

  • Data should tell a story

  • Tailor your presentation to your audience(s)

  • Use multiple formats to help get your message to all types of learners

  • Use images to help explain complex information


Water quality monitoring plan

Water Quality Monitoring Plan

Who?

What?

When?

Where?

Why?

How?

CURA H20, 2013a


Water quality monitoring plan1

Water Quality Monitoring Plan

  • Compile existing information on watershed

  • Describe purpose(s) of monitoring

  • Identify monitoring sites

  • Identify monitoring parameters and methods

  • Identify monitoring frequency and duration

  • Describe data use and management

  • QA/QC procedures and safety


Qa qc

QA/QC

Quality Assurance

  • System to ensure credible results

  • In writing

    Quality Control

  • Specific measures taken in data collection and analysis

    CURA H20, 2013b

    Wet-Pro, 2013


Technical advisory committee

Technical Advisory Committee

Every watershed group should have one


Technical advisory committee1

Technical Advisory Committee

Possible membership:

  • Government staff

  • Scientists (employed/retired)

  • Academics

  • Other WQ Coordinators

    Provide expert, impartial advice


Laying the ground work

Develop Research Question

Develop Sampling Plan

Sampling

Data Analysis

Reporting /

Communicating Results


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Develop Research Question

Develop Sampling Plan

Sampling

Data Analysis

Reporting /

Communicating Results


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Develop Research Question

Develop Sampling Plan

Sampling

Data Analysis

Reporting /

Communicating Results


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Develop Research Question

Develop Sampling Plan

Sampling

Data Analysis

Reporting /

Communicating Results


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Develop Research Question

Develop Sampling Plan

Sampling

Data Analysis

Reporting /

Communicating Results


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Develop Research Question

Develop Sampling Plan

Sampling

Data Analysis

Reporting /

Communicating Results


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