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					 Waccamaw River
Volunteer Monitoring
  Annual Data Conference
          2008
Topics
   Introductions
       Ken Hayes, Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator
       Quaye Trimble, Database and GIS Manager
 Other new stuff
 Today’s Theme
       Citizen Science
   Case Studies from your data
Easy Gel E. Coli test training –
         March 2008
New Sampling Sites
•Sterritt Swamp
•Peachtree Landing
•North Carolina (4 sites)




New Programs
•Murrells Inlet
•Withers Swash (EPA CARE)
Bad Weather Protocol




   Team 2 at Sterritt Swamp
    Tropical Storm Hannah
    Other
   Computer Stuff
       Revamped web pages
       Database updated
       IP funding
   Communication/Linkages
       E newsletter
       Press coverage
       SC Lake & Watershed Assn
       World WQ Monitoring Day
   Training
       New recruits
       Master samplers
US EPA – National Newsletter of Volunteer Monitoring
                   Summer 2008
Citizen Science
   What is it?
       Research collaborations between scientists and volunteers
       A way to leverage the brains, experience, and insights of the
        world’s people to advance understanding.
   Why?
       Scientists need more data than they can collect alone.
       Meet community needs, such as concerns about water quality
   Benefits
       Informs policy decisions  voters, officials and staff
       Enhances lifelong learning and stewardship.

         The power of citizen science stems from the
         unique nature of knowledge derived by the
                  contributions of many.
Citizen Science Central: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit
Local Examples
 Birds: Audubon Bird Count
 Sea Turtles: SC United Turtle Enthusiasts
 Oysters: SC Oyster Restoration & Enhancement
    Program
 Weather: Weather Watcher Network
 Bugs: dragon flies, butterflies, MBI
 Water
“..Water monitoring, perhaps more than any other scientific activity
that citizen volunteers engage in, opens the door to full participation
by volunteers in the scientific process.”
Mining Discharge Detection
              Tracers:
   Conductivity, pH and Discharge
                              Total Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen:
                                 Nitrate + Nitrite + Ammonia
                       0.40
                       0.35
                       0.30
                       0.25




                 ppm
                       0.20
                       0.15
                       0.10
                       0.05
                       0.00



    Mean
Concentrations
 2006 to 2008

                                        Nitrate + Nitrite
                       0.40
                       0.35
                       0.30
                       0.25
                 ppm




                       0.20
                       0.15
                       0.10
                       0.05
                       0.00
    235 CFU/100 mL
    June – July 2008

Sterritt Swamp (1)
Peachtree Landing (1)
Hagley (3)
Sampit (2)
Why Wortham’s Ferry?
Conclusions
   Drought
   Some sites have issues
       Hwy 9
       Sterritt Swamp ?
   Dissolved Oxygen below
    4 ppm
       What is normal?
   Turbidity increases
    downstream
       What is normal?
   High nutrient detects
       What is normal?
       Enterprise Lndg
       Wachesaw Lndg
                 USGS & DHEC & VM Sites
                                                                     RIVER Tributary

       Station         Height   Discharge   Velocity   Temp    DO     Cond    pH    Turb   Redox   Rain
BUCK CREEK (D)           C         C           C        C      C       C      C      C              C
HWY 9 (D) (VM)           C         C                   CMBM   CMBM    CMBM   CMBM   CMBM    C       C
SIMPSON CREEK                                           M      M       M      M      M
REAVES FERRY (VM)                                      M/BM   M/BM    M/BM   M/BM   M/BM
MURRELLS LNDG                                          EOD    EOD     EOD    EOD    EOD
STERRIT SWAMP                                           BM     BM      BM     BM     BM
CRABTREE SWAMP           C                     C        C      C       C      C      C              C
KINGSTON LAKE                                           M      M       M      M      M
CONWAY MARINA (VM)       C         C           C       C/BM   C/BM    C/BM   C/BM   C/BM
PITCH LANDING                                           BM     BM      BM     BM     BM
BUCKSVILLE                                              M      M       M      M      M
ENTERPRISE LNDG                                         BM     BM      BM     BM     BM
BUCKSPORT                C                              C      C
BUCKSPORT                                               BM     BM      BM     BM     BM
WACCA WACHE (VM)                                       M/BM   M/BM    M/BM   M/BM   M/BM
HAGLY LDG/BTLR I(VM)     C                             CMBM   CMBM    CMBM   M/BM   M/BM
EAST BAY PARK                                           BM     BM      BM     BM     BM
       Station         Height   Discharge   Velocity   Temp    DO    Cond    pH    Turb   Redox   Rain
LAKE WACCAMAW
FREELAND/PIREWAY
WORTHAMS FERRY
BUCK CREEK (D)           C         C           C        C      C      C      C      C              C
HWY 9 (D) (VM)           C         C                   CMBM   CMBM   CMBM   CMBM   CMBM    C       C
SIMPSON CREEK                                           M      M      M      M      M
STAR BLUFF
RED BLUFF
TILLY SWAMP
REAVES FERRY (VM)                                      M/BM   M/BM   M/BM   M/BM   M/BM
MURRELLS LNDG                                          EOD    EOD    EOD    EOD    EOD
STERRIT SWAMP                                           BM     BM     BM     BM     BM
CRABTREE SWAMP           C                     C        C      C      C      C      C              C
KINGSTON LAKE                                           M      M      M      M      M
CONWAY MARINA (VM)       C         C           C       C/BM   C/BM   C/BM   C/BM   C/BM
PITCH LANDING                                           BM     BM     BM     BM     BM
TODDVILLE/JCKSN BLF

BUCKSVILLE                                              M      M      M      M      M
PEACHTREE LNDG
ENTERPRISE LNDG                                         BM     BM     BM     BM     BM
BUCKSPORT                C                              C      C
BUCKSPORT                                               BM     BM     BM     BM     BM
WACCA WACHE (VM)                                       M/BM   M/BM   M/BM   M/BM   M/BM
SANDY/PAWLEYS ISLD       C                              C             C
HAGLY LDG/BTLR I(VM)     C                             CMBM   CMBM   CMBM   M/BM   M/BM
EAST BAY PARK                                           BM     BM     BM     BM     BM

				
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