RE: NANFA-- Water and Fish Monitoring

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 13 Aug 2003 18:50:20 -0500

World Water Monitoring Day is an international effort for educating the
public on impacts to aquatic ecosystems and for establishing a global
database on a few easily-measured water quality parameters. It a worthwhile
effort in which all of us can be involved. Last year, several NANFA members
did just that - joining more than 3500 volunteers across the country in the
first year of this program. It would be great if we could improve our
participatiuon as a group.

Read about WWMD here:
and think about getting involved. Its a great excuse for friends, families,
school groups, scouts, etc. to experience, and benefit, the waters of the

You can register as a volunteer in just s few minutes and can register your
site by pointing and clicking on a map or by entering GPS coordinates. I
just did.

Think about a lake, stream, bay, or wetland that you really care about (or
are curious about). Plan a fish collecting trip there for sometime during
the period 18 Sep - 18 Oct. Register yourself as a volunteer and list your
organization as NANFA. Register the site(s) you want to sample (when you do
this, have an e-photo in a readily found file so you can upload a picture of
your site that will be displayed next to your map). Order a water quality
testing kit or just make one up yourself: aquarium thermometer, pH kit, a
home-made Secchi disc (you can find instructions on how to make one on the
Internet). Get your collecting gear and your friends together -- and take
this opportnity to participate in a global environmental effort.
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