Michigan Chapter

Water Monitoring Workshops: Learn how to test water

Water Sentinels to Host Water Monitoring Webinars This December 2011! 
Please note changes in dates, see below. 

Brown contaminated water runs from a field drain.
This field drain is flowing with manure-water from over-application of manure to the field.  This drain connects to a stream.  Photo by Lynn Henning.
The Water Sentinels have tested water in Michigan for 10 years, and you can, too!  We need your help to protect Michigan's water.  To give you the tools you need, we're hosting Water Monitoring Webinars, a kind of Internet and telephone-based seminar or workshop.  If you've ever wanted to learn about testing water, these sessions will help you get started.  See below for webinar descriptions, and click one of the links to sign up.  Once you're registered, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to particpate.  Because the workshops will be offered again in the future, we ask that you register for only one topic. 

TOPIC 1:  Water Quality Monitoring Near Industrial Animal Factories:
(Due to a necessary change, these are the new dates.)

This 2-session webinar will be led by family farmer and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Lynn Henning, and will focus only on monitoring water quality around industrial animal factories, or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). You will learn about the effects these facilities often have on Michigan's streams and drinking water, and even on rural air quality. Some of these impacts can make people sick. If you live near one of Michigan's 230+ industrial animal factories, and want to test the water for pollution, then click here to sign up!  Download the December 6 slideshow here!  You can find additional materials, like our basic, intermediate, and full tool boxes, on our Stopping CAFO Pollution webpages.

TOPIC 2:  Water Quality Monitoring to Protect Streams:
7-9PM Thursdays December 1 & 8, 2011

Rita Chapman, long-time water monitoring veteran, will lead this 2-session webinar.  Its focus will be on different types of water quality monitoring that first can determine the relative baseline health of a waterway, and then track it over time. You will learn about the different stressors that exist today, and how monitoring and testing can help track whether a stream is staying healthy, or is becoming more polluted.  (Due to time constraints, this workshop will not focus on CAFOs.)  Click here to sign up!

Webinar Materials:  Please download all three of these documents before you call in for the December 1 Webinar!  (Or at least download the first one!)

1)  Click here for Webinar Session 1 (for December 1) Slides in 2.5 MB PDF file size - OR - Click here for slightly less resolution Webinar Session 1 Slides 1 MB file size

2)  Click here for link to Designing Your Monitoring Strategy IV, a very important workshop handout by the University of Rhode Island and the University of Wisconsin

3)  Click here for example topographic map for Delineating Your Watershed Exercise

4)  Click here for Webinar Session 2 (for December 8) Slides in 1MB PDF file size.  Note if you print the slides, it will take 31 pages.  Click here if you prefer a copy  "handout style", 4 slides per page and room for notes (and only 8 pages).  You can then follow the slides on your computer, but take notes on the smaller version.  Note that all links in the slideshow are "clickable" if you look at your slides on your computer. 

Contact Lynn Henning at 517-605-7740, or Rita Chapman for questions at 517-484-2372. If you would rather not participate in the webinars, but still want to support our work, please consider a donation to help us meet our expenses!  Click here to donate, and thank you very much!  

How does all this work?

Webinar Participants will call in on our toll-free number.  You will receive the toll-free number after you register.  Important note - if you plan to use a cell phone, your usual per-minute charges will still apply.  (A land-line will not be charged.)  The workshops will run approximately 2 hours per session.  We use PDF-based documents that you download to your computer or print out.  On occassion we use free webinar-hosting software from Yugma.com.  PDF documents are readable with free software from Adobe Reader.  Contact Rita Chapman for questions at 517-484-2372.

 What is a CAFO?

CAFO:  Concentrated animal feeding operation, is an industrial-sized livestock operation, often they are dairies, hog or pig operations, poultry, or egg-laying facilities, among many others.  Because of the amount of animal manure and other waste produced, these operations can cause pollution of water and air, and human health problems.  For more information about CAFOs and how they can impact water quality, see our Animal Factory Pollution webpage.



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Looking for Water Monitoring Webinar Links?  You may have received an e-newsletter with an incorrect link.  These are the correct links:  Monitor Industrial Animal Factories Dec. 6 & 14 or Monitor to Protect Streams Dec. 1 & 8.  Thanks! 

See workshop downloads at left!

A volunteer Water Sentinel uses a long pole to get a water sample from a ditch.

For volunteer water monitoring information contact Rita Chapman or call 517.484.2372.

See our Water Sentinels water monitoring project areas.

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