Citizen scientists monitor Wicomico River health
The Wicomico Creekwatchers are citizen scientists who are WET's eyes on the river. Become part of our river team today!
WET's citizen scientists have been monitoring the Wicomico River's health since 2002. Every two weeks, beginning in March through early-November, WET's Creekwatchers disperse throughout the watershed and collect water samples, measure water clarity and temperature, and record site conditions. All samples and data are then delivered to either Salisbury University Department of Biology or the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Lab and are analyzed for the following parameters: total nitrogen, total phosphorus, water clarity, chlorophyll a, and bacteria. The results of each parameter are averaged for the year to assess the health of the Wicomico River, identify trouble spots, and measure the effects of pollution-reduction efforts.
WET's Creekwatchers work as team to ensure water samples and site conditions are delivered faithfully. The Creekwatchers commitment to monitoring in the Wicomico River Watershed provide the foundation that scientific analyses and health assessments are based on.
Consider joining our team to sample a site or volunteer to help WET with logistical support behind the scenes--transporting samples or cleaning empty sample bottles, helping with the annual kickoff party, etc.
For further information or to volunteer in any of these capacities, contact Deborah Finkbeiner, Volunteer Coordinator at 440-880-3182 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to learn more about the Wicomico Creekwatchers. Click Here to learn more about the Wicomico River Creekwatchers Volunteer Position Description. To watch the Creekwatchers training video - click here.