Monitoring for Pathogen Indicators in the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary, 2014
In 2014, four groups of citizen scientists measured water quality in their local waterbodies over the summer, with a focus on pathogen indicators. Citizen scientists were responsible for the full cycle of sample collection, analyses, and data management and publication, following strict quality assurance and quality control procedures approved by EPA. The Friends of the Bonsal Preserve partnered with Montclair University to monitor the Third River, a tributary of the Passaic River; NY/NJ Baykeeper monitored the South River and Matawan Creek, which drain to the Raritan Bay; the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance monitored the Sparkill Creek in Rockland County; and the Bronx River Alliance partnered with Rocking the Boat to monitor the Bronx River.
This project was carried out in close collaboration with EPA, NJDEP, and NYSDEC with the goal of providing the tools that citizen scientists need to generate good quality, credible data for a variety of uses. EPA developed an umbrella quality assurance project plan for the project; trained citizen scientists in field, lab, and data management procedures; and lent the analytical equipment and supplies. Final reports, including a map of results, conference proceedings, quality assurance documents, and more information are available below: