Organizers say it would take the Partners of Scott County Watersheds’ staff several days to complete the summer snapshot without volunteers.
ELDRIDGE, Iowa — The Partners of Scott County Watersheds (PSCW) held a summer snapshot testing water areas in the county Saturday.
“Anybody can do it,” said Kelsi Denoyer, PSCW Coordinator. “We call it citizen science.”
PSCW called on community volunteers to help collect data. Volunteers were separated into groups and visited seven water sites.
One group tested the water for pH balance and chemicals like chloride and nitrogen. The other group looked for bio indicators of the water’s health like water bugs.
“We care for natural resources,” Denoyer said. “And it’s hard to care for them if you don’t know about them so by engaging the community in that citizen science they get to learn and create a sense of stewardship towards those resources.”
All the sites tested flow into the Mississippi River.
“That’s our drinking water,” Denoyer. “That’s our recreational water, we boat, we swim, we fish out of that, we eat things out of it. And so, if that’s not healthy, we’re not going to be healthy.”
The results are sent to one of the largest water databases in Iowa. The results help spot trends and patterns to prevent or improve on water impairments.
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