More data, more data, more data! This is one answer to the big question of how citizens can help monitor water quality and contribute much-needed information on when and where water quality is good and bad.
To train citizens and volunteers how to use lower-cost, do-it-yourself technologies to monitor water quality on their own and share real-time results with the world, Stroud™ Water Research Center staff took a road trip to Rockford, Michigan, this July. Shannon Hicks, Rachel Johnson, and Scott Ensign presented a two-day workshop in coordination with Trout Unlimited, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
The 22 workshop participants learned how to write code that runs a Mayfly data logger, construct an EnviroDIY Mayfly Sensor Station, and some got their feet wet deploying the station safely in a stream.
The team helped Trout Unlimited deploy another four Mayfly-based sensor stations around the Grand Rapids region over the course of the week. As always, the data can be seen in real-time on MonitorMyWatershed.org.