StreamWatch is a new citizen science program at the Mohonk Preserve which launched in the summer of 2017. Citizen scientists collect conservation-based water quality data within the Kleine Kill and Coxing Kill watersheds. These watersheds are located on the Shawangunk Ridge and drain into the Hudson River via the Wallkill River and Rondout Creek.
Volunteer citizen scientists will be trained in specific data collection and naturalist observation protocols and will conduct regular monitoring in these two watershed areas. StreamWatch data \will allow researchers and land managers to evaluate water quality, identify vulnerable or invasive species, determine the need for riparian buffers and changes to current agricultural practices, and inform future Mohonk Preserve projects.
This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Attend group orientation and individual site orientation
- Desire and ability to hike to stream locations (sometimes off-trail) with provided sampling equipment
- Required personal equipment includes waterproof footwear (rubber boots, water shoes, old sneakers that can get wet)
- Collecting data in volunteer pairs is required; staff will work to assign volunteers if you cannot sign up with another person
- Collect and enter data online at least once per month
- StreamWatch Orientation Presentation
- StreamWatch protocol
- Online Data submission form
- Description of sampling locations
To get involved contact:
Research Collection and Citizen Science Coordinator
(845) 255-0919, ext. 1271
Banner photo by Tom Weiner