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You are browsing all eNewsletter articles for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: Integrating Citizen-based and other nontraditional monitoring into the Chesapeake Bay Program monitoring framework project.

Articles from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: Integrating Citizen-based and other nontraditional monitoring into the Chesapeake Bay Program monitoring framework project
CMC participants break for lunch in Carlisle, PA
Members of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative enjoy a nice lunch in Carlisle, PA.
Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative heads upstream to Carlisle, PA Permanent Link
The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative met at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in June. Dickinson College is the home of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), a partner in this project. Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative envisions a Chesapeake community where all data of known quality are used to inform watershed management decisions and restoration efforts. This project is funded by the U.S. EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program and includes several important factors, such as training sessions for non-traditional monitoring groups, a database that incorporates a variety of non-traditional monitoring data, and assessment of the monitoring data (i.e., report cards).

CMC tidal water quality monitoring factsheets
Be sure to check out these water quality indicator factsheets.
IAN creates tidal water quality factsheets for volunteer monitors Permanent Link
As part of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative project, IAN produced 12 factsheets describing 14 tidal water quality indicators. These indicators are part of the CMC's tidal water quality Quality Assurance Project Plan and Method Manuals. The factsheets are intended for nontraditional and volunteer monitoring groups to include as part of their water quality monitoring programs as education materials for their volunteers. Additionally, IAN produced 20 matrices that illustrate the overlap between volunteer and nontraditional monitoring groups with the Chesapeake Bay Agreement's outcomes and goals. These products are part of the broader goal of the project to integrate volunteer and nontraditional monitoring data into the Chesapeake Bay Program's monitoring networks.

Caroline Donovan, Alex Fries, Suzi Spitzer stand in front of the Mississippi River Visitor Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
IAN at the conference opening reception in Saint Paul, MN.
IAN shows support for collaborative public science Permanent Link
IAN staff Caroline Donovan, Alex Fries, and Suzi Spitzer attended the biennial Citizen Science Association Conference from May 17-19. Our work at IAN was well-represented— Caroline co-hosted a data communication workshop, Alex promoted the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative during the Project Slam, and Suzi presented results from her dissertation research. The conference was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota and was attended by citizen science researchers and practitioners from all over the country and across the globe. You can read more about our conference experience in several blog posts!

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