Did you know that you, yes you, can help collect scientific data? The participation in scientific research conducted by nonprofessional scientists is called Citizen Science. Citizen Science is a growing field and more and more agencies are relying on knowledge and data provided by citizens to help meet real world goals.
At Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District we have watershed coordinators who work with volunteer monitors to collect water quality data in the Cahoon Creek-Frontal Lake Erie, Euclid Creek, and Rocky River Watersheds. These citizens provide important information about the levels of nutrients and sediment in the stream. When this data is looked at over time, we can start to track trends that help inform local wastewater and stormwater management programs.
Water quality and chemistry not your thing? That is ok, here are a few Citizen Science programs that might pique your interest:
- Earth Challenge 2020 - Use a mobile application to report on insect population, air quality and plastic pollution. Learn more at https://earthchallenge2020.earthday.org/
- EDDMapS Pro – Website and mobile application for reporting invasive species. Learn more at: https://www.eddmaps.org/
- eBird – Website and mobile application for reporting bird species. Learn more at: https://ebird.org/home
- Frog Watch – Work with local chapters like Cleveland Metroparks to report frog and toad calls you hear. Learn more at: https://www.aza.org/frogwatch
Learn more about Citizen Science and search for projects that interest you here: https://scistarter.org/
Thank you to our 2019 Euclid Creek Water Quality Monitors!
Neil Barret, Mary K. Evans, MaryAnne Hejna, Patrick Henry, Lillian Houser, John Hurst, Caroline Kelemen, Annie Roberto, Frank Skala, Marian Swirski, and Esther Trepal.
Blog Author: Elizabeth Hiser, Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager