Do I really need lat and long coordinates or can I just name the location
and name of the watersher and creek?
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From: "Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS" <HOOVERJ_at_wes.army.mil>
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 10:44 AM
Subject: NANFA-- World Water Monitoring Day
> NANFA members -
> I would like to encourage all of you, one last time, to consider
> participating in a project that I feel has much to offer us individually
> as a group: World Water Monitoring Day.
> WWMD is just around the corner: 18 Oct 2003. Until then, volunteers
> the world are being encouraged to sample their local streams, lakes, and
> wetlands (http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/)
> Objectives are to : 1)increase public awareness of local and global water
> issues (e.g., pollution, de-forestation, etc.); 2) provide a venue for
> public outreach (e.g., sampling techniques, aquatic habitats); 3)
> a global database for evaluating long-term trends in water quality (e.g.,
> warming, acidificiation, etc.).
> Participation is easy:
> 1. Sign up as a participant and then register the site(s) you would like
> 2. Go to your site(s) and measure water temperature, pH, dissolved
> and water clarity.
> 3. Submit your data
> This is the perfect opportunity to take a couple of your friends out
> collecting - and its a great way to get young people interested in (and
> personally involved with) the water bodies in their own backyard. Many of
> you are taking advantage of the autumnal weather to schedule a few last
> field trips before winter sets in. Why not piggy-back fish-collecting for
> yourselves with data-acquisition for Planet Earth ?
> Martin Moore (MS), Tyler Strange (LA), and I did this last year when the
> scope was "national"
> Tyler and I repeated our sampling again last weekend when the scope went
> Three notes -
> 1. It may be too late to get the WWMD kits but you can improvise. If you
> know a biologist or environmental scientist, you may be able to borrow a
> water quality probe or water quality kit. If you do not know someone with
> special equipment - just grab your aquarium thermometer and pH kit and
> yourself a Secchi disk. You'll have 3 of the 4 requested parameters and
> partial data are better than no data.
> This is what a Secchi disc looks like and how it is used:
> This is how you can make one:
> And this is how Secchi data are interpreted:
> 2. When collecting your data, be sure to also record air temperature,
> use, and whether water levels are high, typical, or low. Better yet, use
> one of the handy-dandy WWMD data sheets (available as a link at the site
> registration page).
> 3. When entering your data - try not to make mistakes the first time. I
> tried to edit an error and wound up enterring a second set of data that I
> could not delete.
> Lastly - if you participate - please send an email to the list (or to me
> personally). I will write something up for American Currents.
> - Jan Hoover
> Waterways Experiment Station
> Vicksburg, MS
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