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Chesapeake Water Watch

Volunteer Monitoring Opportunity! Researchers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are developing new ways to assess water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. They are partnering with Riverkeepers and individuals collecting data with simple-to-use scientific equipment and applications on their smartphone. The information collected will help researchers understand the extent to which we can use satellite […]

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Restoration Monitoring Protocol Testing

In late August, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (ACB) and Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) staff met with our partners from the Stroud Water Research Center to test out our new Restoration Monitoring Protocol. The protocol has been developed with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) over the last 8 months. The […]

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IWLA Welcomes New Monitors in VA and MD

The Izaak Walton League established two goals for 2022; to provide trainings for the interested new monitors who had not been able to attend a training during the pandemic and to expand monitoring into new areas in VA and MD. August was a productive month of working towards both goals! On August 5th, our SOS Coordinator […]

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CMC In-Person Meeting 2022

The CMC held an in-person meeting at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) office in Annapolis, MD on August 1st and 2nd. This was a great opportunity for the entire CMC team to come together and collaborate in-person. The team was able to discuss and work on a range of topics including: […]

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Benthic Macroinvertebrate Picking Day

The Izaak Walton League and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay teams met at Prince William Forest in Triangle, VA on July 27th. The teams spent the afternoon picking through preserved benthic macroinvertebrate samples to test and refine volunteer friendly sub-sampling protocols, as part of a new CMC benthic macroinvertebrate sampling protocol. These samples are […]

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York County Stream Team – Annual QC!

Since December 2018, ALLARM has conducted three Stream Team workshops in York County. Today there are 31 monitors assessing 19 sites. ALLARM enjoys using the summer months to connect with Stream Team scientists. On July 25, we met with York County monitors to refill supplies, discuss monitoring experiences, learn new stream monitoring techniques, and to […]

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EPA Publishes Vision for Participatory Science

The CMC is excited to see that EPA just published its vision for the use of participatory science in EPA work! This vision accomplishes two goals: first shifts the language from community and citizen science to participatory science, a big milestone to increase inclusivity in the field, and second outlines EPA’s planned actions for public engagement […]

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Finding the Stories Behind the Data

ALLARM’s Stream Team volunteers have spent the past few months exploring the data they have collected, comparing the trends they identify with watershed characteristics, potential influencers, and state standards. On June 8th, we had 11 monitors present the stories they found. After the data exploration meeting in April, volunteers were given a worksheet to guide […]

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RiverTrends Welcomes New Monitors and Gains a Mascot!

In June, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s RiverTrends Coordinator headed to eastern Virginia to provide chemical water quality monitoring trainings to the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula chapters of the Virginia Master Naturalists. We had perfect weather for both training days, one hosted at Belle Isle State Park and the other hosted at the […]

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IWLA Welcomes New CMC Outreach Coordinator!

  Matthew Kierce grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland and developed a passion early on for the Chesapeake Bay. After receiving a B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from University of North Carolina Wilmington, he served in Georgia with a national AmeriCorps program. Now, he is excited […]

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