DRBC Announces Sixth Annual `Water Snapshot'

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Delaware River Basin Commission

    WEST TRENTON, N.J., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delaware River Basin
 Commission (DRBC) invites the public to participate in Water Snapshot 2001,
 April 20-29.
     "This popular, water quality sampling event takes a `snapshot' of the
 health of Delaware River Basin waterways for 10 days around Earth Day,
 April 22," DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier said.  "We hope Water
 Snapshot will not only create a heightened awareness about our watersheds and
 the need for stewardship, but also provide much-deserved recognition to those
 volunteers who participate in water quality monitoring programs throughout the
 year."
     Snapshot is an opportunity for the young and old, experienced and first-
 timers, to collect water quality data.  Some participants conduct a visual
 assessment while others use simple test kits or sophisticated instruments.
 The data are recorded on sheets provided to participants and forwarded to the
 DRBC, where the information will be posted on the commission's web site at
 www.drbc.net.
     "Snapshot results are compiled without regard to the precision of the
 testing equipment or the expertise of the data collector, so they are not
 intended to reflect exact science," Collier said.  "These results, however,
 certainly demonstrate the public's desire to learn more about the quality of
 the basin's waters.
     "Thanks to donations from the William Penn Foundation and the DRBC, I am
 pleased to again announce the availability of a limited number of free, simple
 test kits to interested schools and organizations on a first-come, first-
 served basis," Collier added.  Those interested in a free kit should contact
 the DRBC by email (crupert@drbc.state.nj.us) or by phone (609-883-9500, ext.
 260).
     Several training opportunities are still available to interested Snapshot
 participants, thanks to the efforts of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network,
 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and
 Delaware Stream Watch.  Details are available on the DRBC web site at
 www.drbc.net.
     The DRBC web site also features useful information for Water Snapshot
 volunteers, including the downloadable data sheet, explanations of water
 quality terminology, links to watershed organizations, maps, and updated news.
 Persons unable to access the Internet may call the DRBC at 609-883-9500, ext.
 260 for information.
     In addition to the DRBC, the Snapshot steering committee includes
 representatives from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and
 Environmental Control, Delaware Estuary Program, Delaware Riverkeeper Network,
 National Park Service, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New
 York Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania DCNR, Pennsylvania
 Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council,
 Pocono Environmental Education Center, Upper Delaware Council, U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
 

SOURCE Delaware River Basin Commission
    WEST TRENTON, N.J., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delaware River Basin
 Commission (DRBC) invites the public to participate in Water Snapshot 2001,
 April 20-29.
     "This popular, water quality sampling event takes a `snapshot' of the
 health of Delaware River Basin waterways for 10 days around Earth Day,
 April 22," DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier said.  "We hope Water
 Snapshot will not only create a heightened awareness about our watersheds and
 the need for stewardship, but also provide much-deserved recognition to those
 volunteers who participate in water quality monitoring programs throughout the
 year."
     Snapshot is an opportunity for the young and old, experienced and first-
 timers, to collect water quality data.  Some participants conduct a visual
 assessment while others use simple test kits or sophisticated instruments.
 The data are recorded on sheets provided to participants and forwarded to the
 DRBC, where the information will be posted on the commission's web site at
 www.drbc.net.
     "Snapshot results are compiled without regard to the precision of the
 testing equipment or the expertise of the data collector, so they are not
 intended to reflect exact science," Collier said.  "These results, however,
 certainly demonstrate the public's desire to learn more about the quality of
 the basin's waters.
     "Thanks to donations from the William Penn Foundation and the DRBC, I am
 pleased to again announce the availability of a limited number of free, simple
 test kits to interested schools and organizations on a first-come, first-
 served basis," Collier added.  Those interested in a free kit should contact
 the DRBC by email (crupert@drbc.state.nj.us) or by phone (609-883-9500, ext.
 260).
     Several training opportunities are still available to interested Snapshot
 participants, thanks to the efforts of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network,
 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and
 Delaware Stream Watch.  Details are available on the DRBC web site at
 www.drbc.net.
     The DRBC web site also features useful information for Water Snapshot
 volunteers, including the downloadable data sheet, explanations of water
 quality terminology, links to watershed organizations, maps, and updated news.
 Persons unable to access the Internet may call the DRBC at 609-883-9500, ext.
 260 for information.
     In addition to the DRBC, the Snapshot steering committee includes
 representatives from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and
 Environmental Control, Delaware Estuary Program, Delaware Riverkeeper Network,
 National Park Service, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New
 York Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania DCNR, Pennsylvania
 Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council,
 Pocono Environmental Education Center, Upper Delaware Council, U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
 SOURCE  Delaware River Basin Commission