River Citizen Water Monitor

 During these trying times of social distancing, The Elizabeth River Project is providing an opportunity for youth around the watershed to get outside, explore their home river as River Citizen Water Monitors and learn how human actions can impact the river's health. Representing every branch of the river, students are performing a 8-week water quality activity utilizing the LaMotte Student Kit and testing temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, bacteria, nitrates, phosphates and turbidity. Like field trip investigations at Paradise Creek Nature Park and the Dominion Energy Learning Barge, students use scientific tools and practices. Youth monitors range from ages 8-17 and 3rd through 10th grade. 

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  Register for next 8-week session to begin March 1, 2021

Join students located in the Elizabeth River watershed performing water quality testing utilizing the LaMotte Student Kit and testing temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, bacteria, nitrates, phosphates and turbidity.  Free program, but limited supplies.  Training provided. Contact Summer Brown, sbrown@elizabethriver.org to participate.  To help support program, become a member of the Elizabeth River project today! https://elizabethriver.org/membership-and-donor-societies

Week 8 " Thank you to all of our student water quality monitors for gathering data about the health of the Elizabeth River in October-December 2020. All results looked good overall with the one big exception of fecal coliform bacteria, which was present in all samples.  Please help spread the word to scoop the poop, clean up litter, and plant native plants and trees in your communities to help absorb runoff!  ~ Sarah McBride

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Elizabeth River Project's  Sarah McBride analyzes the  River Monitor's Water Quality Results. She has a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from Old Dominion University.