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Your help needed to monitor local water quality!

April 6, 2010

From the Westchester County Department of Planning:

We are pleased to announce that the 2010 Westchester County Citizens’ Volunteer Monitoring Training Schedule has just been finalized! This exciting program provides an opportunity for citizen volunteers to help the County create a baseline of water quality data on streams throughout the county. It also provides a great opportunity for Westchester’s towns and villages to fulfill some of the Public Participation and Involvement requirements of the Phase II Stormwater Permit.

The training takes place on a full Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
We will spend the whole day outside learning and practicing how to use water monitoring equipment.

The training dates and locations are:
Saturday, April 24 – Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining
Saturday, May 1 – Rye Nature Center, Rye
Saturday, May 8 – Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
To register for a training session, please email me at I will send specific details about each training prior to the event, so it is important that you register at least one week in advance. I have attached our program brochure in pdf format. Please feel free to share this brochure with others who might be interested in participating by posting on your municipal website or cable channel or distributing to local environmental or volunteer groups. For more information about the program, visit

If you have any questions, please contact me at or call (914) 995-6535.



Susan Darling, Associate Environmental Planner
Westchester County Department of Planning
148 Martine Avenue, Room 432
White Plains, New York 10601
(914) 995-6535
FAX (914) 995-3780

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  1. April 10, 2010 7:33 pm

    I enthusiastically recommend this program! It’s a great excuse to spend an hour on the river each week. I have been a monitor in this program for several years, together with a growing band of local residents. We meet Saturday mornings to collect the water from the Croton River at the picnic pavilion area just downstream from Silver Lake. We test the water for pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, conductivity, turbidity, phosphorous and more each week. At the beginning of the season and at the end, we conduct a ‘critter count’ to note the presence or absence of all kinds of macro-invertebrates (mayflies, stone flies, caddis flies, etc). More different kinds of critters indicates a healthier river. In short, the Croton gets a very high “Class B” rating each year. But erosion and other onshore impacts are worsening each year. Two of the high school students who were monitors have each gone on to college acceptances into different highly regarded environmental studies programs. And, I have met really great folks I may not have otherwise known, just by titrating river water week after week. -Leo Wiegman

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