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RiverTrends

The Alliance’s citizen water quality monitoring program is a regional network of over 50 trained volunteers who perform weekly water quality tests that help track the condition of waterways flowing toward the Chesapeake Bay. Some have worked with the Alliance for more than ten years, watching their rivers through the seasons and regularly submitting the valuable data they collect.

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If you would like hard copies of these reports, please send your mailing information and the amount requested to Anne Dunckel at adunckel@allianceforthebay.org.

Parameters:

  • dissolved oxygen
  • pH
  • water clarity
  • general observations
  • temperature
  • salinity (where appropriate)
  • bacteria

Funding:

Many thanks to our funders! Through the VA Department of Environmental Quality Citizen Monitoring Grant, we receive funds annually to help cover the cost of equipment. The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund (VA’s License Plate Fund) has also generously supported various aspects of the program. Dominion Foundation is another supporter. If you’re interested in getting a VA Chesapeake license plate, check out the DMV website.

Training:

All volunteers are trained by Certified Watershed Coordinators under the Alliance’s Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP). Training includes an initial session where monitors learn about water quality and testing methods and an annual recertification session to check monitoring equipment, chemicals, and methods. Check out the Volunteer Water Quality Manual for more details.

The Alliance also provides a Train-the-Trainer program, where regional coordinators can be trained to provide support to their group’s monitoring programs.

Data:

Data is annually submitted the to Virginia DEQ for use in the Virginia’s 305(b)/303(d) Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report to EPA which summarizes water quality conditions and identified waters that do not meet water quality standards. You can check out all citizen monitoring sites and data with this interactive map.

Currently, the Alliance is working with several of our partners to develop local watershed report cards and web-based interactive mapping tools. These resources will allow water quality monitoring groups and others to effectively use their data for education and interpretation purposes.