September 18, 2019
Two hundred and thirty five citizen scientists joined forces to collect, test and analyze water samples from all across our locality. This single day ‘Snapshot’ of water quality in our local watershed took place as part of International Water Monitoring, hosted by TWF and sponsored by Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District.
2019 was the third annual ‘Snapshot Monitoring Day’ and participation in the event has grown year on year. The volunteers monitored a total of 98 sites and gathered valuable data that will be used to combat water quality degradation.
“Snapshot Monitoring Day is a really special opportunity to engage with the public in a very meaningful way. Along with the important data collection that happens, we really value the community involvement that takes place.” said TWF executive director and founder of Snapshot Monitoring Day, Lyn Crighton. “Once people literally get their feet wet, they become much more invested in protecting our beautiful lakes and streams.”
Monitoring volunteers met at one of three staging sites across the Upper Tippecanoe River watershed area; Center Park Pavilion in Warsaw, North Webster Community Center, and Old Loon Farm near Columbia City. From there they headed out into the field to collect samples from 3-6 assigned locations. They then returned to their staging sites at, to test and analyze their samples.
Along with many community volunteers, students from Washington and Madison elementary schools, Goshen College and Grace College also took part in the event. Efforts are now underway to analyze and map the collected data.
2018 Snapshot Day Results
Temperature Transparency EColi Dissolved Oxygen pH Phosphate Nitrate
2017 Snapshot Day Results