RiverTrends

Monitor Moment: Kerry and Dave Harlan

Kerry and Dave enjoy visiting their monitoring sites year-round and getting to see the seasonal changes. They would encourage others to get involved in monitoring because collective efforts like RiverTrends will help us as a society understand trends and impacts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that impact us all.

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Monitor Moment: Jack and Carol Kauffman

Meet Jack and Carol Kauffman, new residents of the Middle Peninsula of Virginia after moving from their longtime Pennsylvania homes in Montgomery and Berks Counties in 2018. Jack, a retired drug discovery scientist, and Carol, a retired teacher, chose their new home along Bland Creek, a tributary of the York River, because of the access is provided to water and nature. Soon after their move, they became involved with the Friends of the Dragon Run conservation group and met the members of the Virginia Master Naturalists, inspiring them to join the Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists chapter. Through this training, they were introduced to the RiverTrends monitoring project with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

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Monitor Moment: Imogene Treble

Meet Imogene Treble, a volunteer water quality monitor with the RiverTrends program since February of 2019. Imogene is a retired chemist from New Jersey who moved to Spotsylvania, Virginia to spend more time with her grandchildren. Soon after settling in Virginia, she learned about the Master Naturalist program, completed her training in 2016, and has …

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Water Quality Monitoring and GIS Story Mapping with Alliance Intern Catherine Unger

Catherine Unger (she/her/hers) spent January 2021 as an intern with the Alliance’s Water Quality Monitoring Team where she learned how to use water quality monitoring equipment and developed a GIS Story Map to illustrate water quality data trends.

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Monitor Moment: Gwen and Walter Harris

Volunteer citizen scientists have been monitoring water quality as part of the RiverTrends project for over 35 years. Each month, monitors gear up to collect observational data and measure the trends of their local streams, including air and water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, bacteria, and salinity. These dedicated monitors give us a direct connection …

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RiverTrends Goes Virtual!

April and May are usually a very busy time in the water quality monitoring world and for the Alliance’s citizen science RiverTrends program. RiverTrends volunteer monitors have been tracking the conditions of waterways that flow into the Bay since 1985! Normally, we would take this time to onboard and re-certify our monitors to ensure we …

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York RiverTrends & Save our Streams Water Quality Monitoring Training

April 26, 2014 9am to 5pm York River State Park 9801 York River Park Rd Williamsburg, VA 23188Are you interested in learning more about your local stream? We need volunteers to collect important data on streams in the York River watershed tidal area. We will provide training and supplies, all you have to do is …

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Virginia Citizens For Water Quality Summit

Want to see how the Detective solves the Muddy Mystery? There’s still time to register. Hope you can join us! Check out the draft agenda by clicking here. Register online here: https://www.elleevance.com/beventLive.aspx?EventID=NBI15646650 Questions? Contact Anna Mathis at amathis@allianceforthebay.org or 804-775-0951.

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Dominion Foundation Grant Expands RiverTrends Program

The Dominion Foundation has awarded the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay a $35,000 Environmental Stewardship Grant for our RiverTrends Water Quality Monitoring program. With this grant, we will expanding the program to the Tidal York and Small Coastal Basins watersheds. Many of these watersheds are impaired due to bacteria pollution, which makes shellfish unsafe for …

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Three Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Publications

The Alliance announces the release of three RiverTrends volunteer water quality monitoring program publications. These reports focus on the status and importance of volunteer water quality monitoring while focusing in on small watersheds in Virginia. If you would like hard copies of these reports, please send your mailing information and the amount requested to Anna …

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