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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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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?
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 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

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Develop Research Question

Develop Sampling Plan

Sampling

Data Analysis

Reporting /

Communicating Results

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