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1 Anna Mathis, VA Program Coordinator RiverTrends: Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

2 Our mission is…... to restore the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay by bringing together the energy, passion and capabilities of people and organizations who are committed to making a difference.

3 Connecting people to the Bay and its rivers The Chesapeake Watershed Network Project Clean Stream RiverTrends citizen scientists

4 Topics History of RiverTrends RiverTrends Today Quality Assurance & DEQ Partnership Using RiverTrends Data Value of Volunteering Key Components of a Successful Program

5 History of RiverTrends

6 RiverTrends Today: Parameters Core Parameters –Dissolved oxygen –pH –Salinity –Temperature (air and water) –Water clarity and depth Secondary Parameters –Bacteria –Nutrients –Precipitation

7 RiverTrends Today: Groups & Sites

8 RiverTrends Today: Funding VA DEQ Citizen Monitoring Grants VA Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund

9 Quality Assurance QAPP (Quality Assurance Project Plan) Training Recertification Sessions Frequency of monitoring Train-the-Trainer Program

10 DEQ Partnership Letter of Agreement Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Site identification Technical support Quality Assurance Pollution Response

11 Using RiverTrends Data: DEQ

12 Using RiverTrends Data: Report Cards Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition Protocols Educate stakeholders Promote citizen stewardship

13 Partnership with City of Richmond to collect data on local streams Citizen monitors collect field data and samples for analysis Richmond WWTP provide lab analysis of nutrient data DPU also providing funding for staff support Using RiverTrends Data: Localities

14 Citizen Science Creating stewards Filling in gaps Eyes & ears on the ground Volunteer recruitment & retention Quality assurance & oversight

15 Key Components of a Successful Program Develop partnerships Have a monitoring plan Ensure quality data Volunteer recruitment and retention Use your data and know your end result Reducing expenses and diversify funding sources

16 Together, we can finish the job… …of restoring the Bay watershed. Anna Mathis https://allianceforthebay.org/our-work/connecting-people/rivertrends/


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