Campus Units

Agricultural Education and Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2019

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

Volume

74

Issue

3

First Page

49A

Last Page

54A

DOI

10.2489/jswc.74.3.49A

Abstract

The drive to protect and improve surface water quality requires an array of policies, institutions, professionals, and procedures, even in the face of uncertain budgets and an increasing scope of work. Since the 1990s, the concept of “citizen science” has provided a framework under which volunteers supplement the water monitoring duties of scientists by producing more data and, in some cases, expanding their reach (Conrad and Hinchey 2011; McKinley et al. 2017). Volunteers, on the whole, benefit by contributing to society (Lawrence 2006), and by learning about science and environmental issues (Hecker et al. 2018; McKinley et al. 2017; Phillips et al. 2018). Many citizen science programs welcome youth, but this paper focuses on programs for adults.

Citizen science programs address many types of science, not just water monitoring. Species monitoring contributes to biodiversity conservation (e.g., bird counts, whale watching, and butterfly migration), and space science and astronomy programs have expanded (Dickinson et al. 2012). Water quality monitoring is considered to be one of the largest activities (Conrad and Hinchey 2011), with program numbers in the United States estimated from 1,675 (Stepenuck 2013) to 1,720 (National Water Quality Monitoring Council 2019). Volunteer water monitoring has provided scientists with more data,…

Comments

This article is published as Grudens-Schuck, Nancy, and Zulham Sirajuddin. "Social impacts of citizen science water monitoring programs." Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 74, no. 3 (2019): 49A-54A. doi: 10.2489/jswc.74.3.49A. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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