In our May project advisory workshop and design charrette, one of the discussion areas we wanted to better understand was the actual use of volunteer date in state water monitoring programs. Julie Vastine, one of our project co-design partners and director for the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) alerted us to an upcoming June webinar that that was going to be hosted on this topic as part of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council's (NWQMC) webinar series. The webinar information and key slides follow.
State Uses of Volunteer Monitoring Data Webinar
• Jody Arthur, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
• James Beckley, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
• Jo Latimore, Michigan State University, MiCorps
Moderated by: Julie Vastine, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring
Volunteer monitoring data is used in many ways. Communities often use data at the local level to identify sites for restoration or screen sites for potential pollution. Environmental groups might use volunteer monitoring data to increase awareness about issues of concern. But what about state agencies? How do they use volunteer data to help inform their decision-making processes and answer questions about how to best manage our water resources? This webinar will explore how three states – Indiana, Michigan, and Virginia – use volunteer data and discuss the key building blocks to facilitate the broader use of this data.
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Several of our team members attended this virtual webinar to better understand the pioneering use of citizen collected data by state agencies. Two slides of particular interest to our project described the ways in which state agencies create "fit for use" applications.
These tiered or leveled date use criteria outline the various ways volunteer data collected under varying quality assurance regimes can be used effectively to support state monitoring and outreach goals.
An interdisciplinary team