In 2018, our Boulder Broadband is launching a hands-on service project for water quality monitoring and data collection. Terry Walters will speak about this project and our cooperative efforts in this coming year. More than a year ago, an article in the Boulder Weekly sparked our interest when we learned that Colorado is in dire need of volunteers to pull water samples in the Boulder area rivers and lakes. Our Ft. Collins member, Terry Walters (see bio), was interested and willing to spearhead the project, and we raised the money so she could attend a four-day training course on how to implement the monitoring tasks.
We cooperate with several agencies in this project: River Watch of Colorado is a statewide volunteer water quality-monitoring program operated by the nonprofit Earth Force in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Their specific mission is to work with voluntary stewards to monitor water quality and other indicators of watershed health using this data to educate citizens and inform decision makers about the condition of Colorado’s waters.
Terry was trained by them for the Boulder Platte watershed project and is already helping Acacia and Karin, our Broadband leaders, how to work this project. We went out to a ditch area about 20 minutes outside Boulder, and had so much fun – there is even a lake with lots of water birds close-by. Next time we go out, we will bring a picnic and after the samples are pulled we look forward to watching birds and having WILD outdoors fun!
This program provides educational opportunities for understanding the value and function of Colorado Rivers and provides CPW, Water Quality Control Commission water resource managers and other interested parties with high quality spatial and temporal water ecosystem data.
And yes, we get to go out in small groups of 2-3 volunteers and pull samples from water sites (ditches, streams, lakes etc.) in our area. The Boulder Chapter of the Great Old Broads has signed up for a 1 year commitment to select and monitor water locations in Boulder County. This talk will discuss the program, the specific goals of GO Broads’s participation and there will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up for assisting in sampling and analytical work. Let’s do it!!