Volunteers Needed - the WPS SSI FreshWater Catalogue project
|Location||All over the island|
The Water Preservation Society(WPS) Salt Spring Island's FreshWater Catalogue (SSIFWC) is now in its second year, and growing! And we need more volunteers to help!
Our volunteer driven SSIFWC project is all about the island’s surface freshwater. The FreshWater Catalogue's field work provides base data to inform improved surface water and groundwater (aquifer) models, to support freshwater habitat conservation/protection efforts, with local and active island watershed communities development as an important spin-off. BTW - similar local area “watershed stewardship" activities are taking place across Canada. Want to be involved, read on!
The cataloguing, managing and interpreting science and historical data on the islands freshwater features is very much a work-in-progress and we are looking for more volunteers, in both "the field: and at a "home-office".
We now have over 50 field and “office” SSIFWC project volunteers (and growing), with well in excess of 1000 field locations logged to-date. Our volunteers have developed dedicated SSIFWC field data collection apps and an SSIFWC webmap (The FreshWater Catalogue online). Our data is available from our cloud database for both public use and research. For some of our sites we now sufficient field data to do analysis and interpretation work (aka science), very exciting!
Field volunteers are starting up and/or working across more than 30 watersheds, 40 creeks and a smaller number of ponds and wetlands. We have developing “focus areas” in the Weston Creek, Stowell Creek and Xwaaqw’um watersheds (and need to grow our other areas further). Volunteers are working in “Watershed Stewardship Groups”, as individual “StreamCatchers” or as roving "Scouts", gathering a variety of freshwater data, including:
- water features, presence and type
- creeks, and their seasonal "on or off” status
- creek flow rates
- freshwater chemistry
We now have ongoing outreach events with a couple of schools on the island, and are looking at expanding this key aspect of education and (future) stewardship.
Volunteers in "the office" have developed our SSIFWC field data collection App (now in version 2), a dedicated SSIFWC webMap (showing where we have been collecting field data, and more), and are undertaking field data interpretation. For First Nations engagements, public outreach and historical research we need more volunteers!
Field and "office" training for the SSIFWC project can be provided, and/or maybe you are a SSIFWC educator?
Interested in contributing as a SSIFWC project volunteer; outdoors doing field work; indoors doing software development/maintenance, newsletter design, publicity, data analysis and research, schools outreach. There are many ways to be involved in refining our understanding, and awareness, of the Island's freshwater. If you want to be involved in the WPS SSIFWC project, please contact John, the project lead, at email@example.com.
Interested in knowing where the SSIFWC project is at, and in upcoming events, check out our "Salt Spring Island FreshWater Catalogue Watershed Stewardship Group" Facebook page, or have a look at our dedicated SSIFWC webmap (http://ssifwc-webgis.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com).