Thursday, March 22, 2012

Citizen Scientist Monitoring Program Needs Volunteers

From: "Sarah Veselka" sarah@DECKERSCREEK.ORG

FODC is currently looking for volunteers in Monongalia and Preston Counties to monitor streams in our watershed through our Citizen Scientist monitoring program. FODC will give you the training and equipment necessary to monitor your local streams for potential pollutants related to the extraction of natural gas in the area and how to submit this data online. There are numerous stream sites to choose from and we can work with you to locate a site close to your home, school, or work, etc. This data is very important to indicate baseline stream conditions in order to accurately document pollution sources. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pamela Englemenn at

Citizen Scientist Training

On Sunday, April 1st from 1-4 PM, FODC and Friends of the Cheat will be training and equipping volunteers for this monitoring program. This training session will be held in Room 334 Percival Hall on WVU’s Evansdale campus and will also include a stream monitoring trip. Citizen Scientist volunteers will learn how to calibrate monitoring equipment and receive their very own monitoring kit to monitor a specific stream location every other week on their own time. They will learn how to recognize potential pollution sources using stream water chemistry measurements and visual assessments of the stream and surrounding area and who to call to report these issues. Citizen Scientist volunteers will also be trained in entering their data on FODC’s web site. Please contact Pamela Englemenn at to RSVP for the training.Thank you kindly to the US EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants program for funding this important program and to our volunteers for making it happen!

Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 25, 1 – 4 PM: FODC Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Trail clean ups. See web site for meeting locations. Volunteers needed!

Monday, March 26, 1:30 PM: Deckers Creek Restoration Team meeting. WVU NRCCE building. Open to the public.

Sunday, April 1, 1 - 4 PM: Citizen Scientist volunteer water monitor training. Percival Hall on WVU’s Evansdale campus.

Sunday, April 15, 1 – 4 PM: YAB meeting. FODC office in Sabraton.

Friday, April 27, 6 PM – 12 AM: FODC Spring Meltdown. Morgantown Brewing Company.

Thank you!

Learn more about FODC:
Meetings: 3rd Thursday each month 6:30 pm around the watershed:

News: about the Deckers Creek watershed:

Sarah Veselka, Executive Director
Friends of Deckers Creek
PO Box 877 Dellslow, WV 26531
Office: 304.292.3970
Fax: 304.292.5070

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