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Citizen Science

Citizen science can be broadly defined as scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists.

Water Quality Monitoring by Citizen Scientists in the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary

Local citizen scientists are monitoring the health of our waters during the summer of 2014. Learn more and view the interactive map.

Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Workshop

The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program and its Citizens Advisory Committee held this workshop on  September 18, 2013 at Pier 40, Hudson River Park, Manhattan

Agenda | PDF

Presentations and recordings | Click Here

Water Quality and Monitoring Resources

Note: if you would like to add resources, contact gabriela@harborestuary.org

Data and Mapping
State of the Estuary report (see especially p 18-24) | Click Here
EPA’s How’s my Waterway app | Click Here
EPA’s My WATERS Mapper | Click Here
EPA’s MyEnvironment | Click Here
Riverkeeper’s The Swim Guide app | Click Here
Riverkeeper Hudson River Water quality testing | Click Here
NYC Water Trail Association 2012 Water quality Testing Project | Click Here
Harborwide HEP water quality report | PDF
NJ Geo Web | Click Here
Stormwater Infrastructure Matters Coalition CSO maps | Click Here

Laws, Regulations and Standards
Current standards: For a summary of water quality criteria in the NY-NJ Harbor, see page 6 of the Harborwide HEP water quality report | PDF
NYSDEC Surface and Groundwater Quality Standards, 6NYCRR Part 703 | Click Here
NJDEP Surface Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9B | Click Here
New EPA recreational water quality criteria | Click Here
NY Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (including a link to subscribe to notifications): | Click Here
Stormwater Infrastructure Matters Coaltion Resources page | Click Here

Citizen Science and Quality Assurance resources
EPA Region 2 Citizen Science | Click Here
EPA volunteer monitoring resources | Click Here
University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch | Click Here
Water sampling demo from NYC Water Trail Association | Click Here
Water sampling Dos and Don’ts from NYC Water Trail Association | PDF

Citizen Science Programs
NJDEP's Volunteer Monitoring Program and Watershed Watch Network (including annual Volunteer Monitoring Summit) | Click Here
National Volunteer Water Monitoring Program Directory | Click Here
NYC Water Trail Association Citizens' Water Quality Testing Program | Click Here
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) | Click Here

For a brief overview of the program | Click Here

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the Hudson River | Click Here
New York City Looks to ‘Green’ Infrastructure to Reduce Combined Sewer Overflows | Click Here

Minimizing the Ecological Risk of Combined-Sewer Overflows in an Urban River System by a System-Based Approach | Click Here


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