Next year, the Delaware chapter of The Nature Conservancy plans to launch a program that uses citizen science to restore local waterways.
The program, called Stream Stewards, will corral high school and college students and state park volunteers to test water quality in the watersheds that intersect the First State National Park.
Richie Jones, who directs Delaware’s Nature Conservancy chapter, says getting citizens involved helps gather a lot of data on watersheds that they wouldn’t be able to get otherwise. On a larger level, he hopes the program will strengthen the connection between the public and their local waterways.
“It’s a way of engaging the public in water quality issues and by doing that we hope to increase people’s awareness that affect water quality in our watersheds," said Jones.