The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hosted a dual certification/recertification training in late November for volunteer monitors of the Caledon State Park RiverTrends group. Based in Virginia, this corps of volunteer monitors collect monthly water quality data for the Caledon State Park. During the training, Liz Chudoba, Water Quality Program Director for the Alliance, reviewed methods of collecting dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity data with more experience volunteer monitors, while new volunteers familiarized themselves with these methods before they head into the field to collect their first freshwater samples. Nathan Miller, Science Communicator for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, also discussed future opportunities for Caledon volunteer monitors to transform their water quality data into educational and engaging visual products that highlight the importance of water quality monitoring to Caledon State Park.
Photo Credit: Nathan Miller for CMC 2019