CSI, a Citizen Science Initiative

Helping us solve the watershed’s 
threats through data collection


A river you can’t swim, fish or drink out of? That sounds like a crime to us!

We understand that rivers are constantly changing, so we want to make sure we are keeping accurate data on those changes. So, what more efficient & costly way to collect data, than to utilize those who LIVE on the river? Here are a few things our Citizen Scientist are monitoring throughout the year…


Temperature

Our Citizen Scientists impact fishermen & the river by taking regular readings!

  1. Fishermen can use this information to better understand the changing river conditions during the spawning season. Check out Temp Track!
  2. We can use the data to track average water temperatures through the years to determine how seasonality may effect our waterways.

Water Clarity

We’re in the business of keeping our waterways blue.

The Coosa receives a substantial amount of fertilizer run off from near by farms & animal operations. This causes excess nutrients in the waterway. As a result, it gives algae an optimal growing habitat. Algae sucks up all the available oxygen, resulting in fish kills and can produce harmful toxins, like Cyanobacteria, which can make for dangerous swimming conditions.


Field Notes

Pictures are worth a thousand words!

While our Citizen Scientists are out collecting data, they are also encouraged to submit observations. Citizen Scientists are trained to note water levels, water color, and fishy situations. This information is vital in keeping up-to-date records on the water- like we said- rivers are constantly changing!


Want to be a Citizen Scientist for us?

Follow these simple steps & you’ll be on your way to adding “Citizen Scientist” to your resume!

  1. Ask yourself, “do I have access to a dock where I can take water temperature on the Coosa?”
  2. If yes, then you have everything you need! We will supply you with the rest! Get started by ordering the kit below, and within 2 weeks, you’ll receive your Welcome Packet + Thermometer + Secchi Disc.

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