Aug. 28, 2016 National Water Monitoring Council

Free Citizen Science and Volunteer Monitoring Webinar

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council is hosting a webinar on Citizen Science and Volunteer Monitoring on Wednesday August 31 at 2pm EDT. Tina Phillips with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Kris Stepenuck with the University of Vermont Lake Champlain Sea Grant will be presenting. For more information:

While aquatic-based volunteer monitoring has been around for more than five decades, the term citizen
science is generating a great deal of buzz and attention-resulting in international studies, new articles, and focused mini-conferences. With new agencies and programs coming to the community-based scientific research table, now is the time to discuss what exactly is volunteer monitoring and citizen science, synergies, as well as avenues for collaboration and increased integration.

This webinar will explore the general fields of citizen science and volunteer monitoring, highlight the successes/outcomes of the volunteer monitoring field, and end with a discussion of how to learn from each other strengths, challenges, and discuss avenues for increased collaboration. Julie Vastine, the Director of Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), will moderate this webinar and facilitate Q&A session after the presentation.

The webinar is free; pre-registration is required. Please login 10 minutes early. To register for this session go to: Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.