On 9 Oct 2003 at 10:44, Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS wrote:
> 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 and as a group: World Water Monitoring Day.
> WWMD is just around the corner: 18 Oct 2003. Until then, volunteers
> around 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) establish 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 to sample
> (http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/sitereg/sitereg.html) 2.
> Go to your site(s) and measure water temperature, pH, dissolved
> oxygen, 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 "global"
> 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 make 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,
> land 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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