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Please consider participating in the 2014 Secchi Dipin
June 28 - July 20

(click here for info)

New England Regional Volunteer Monitoring Workshop
New England Regional Monitoring Collaborative

Got Data? Cool Tools for Effective Data Presentation

Friday, November 16th, 2007
EPA New England Regional Laboratory
11 Technology Drive, North Chelmsford, MA

This day-long interactive workshop was a follow-up to the 2005 Shared Waters Volunteer Monitoring Summit. We learned then that many programs are looking for better ways of interpreting and presenting their data to diverse audiences. This workshop was designed to help volunteer water quality monitoring coordinators explore and share different methods for interpreting and presenting water quality information. The agenda below includes links to most of the presentations from that workshop. While you are encouraged to share this information, please be sure to credit the appropriate presenters and contact Elizabeth for information on how to contact them if you'd like to learn more!

9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome and brief overview of the workshop - Elizabeth Herron
9:05 – 9:15 am Overview of EPA and volunteer monitoring - Diane Switzer
9:15 – 9:25 am Brief introductions by workshop attendees
  First Session – Complex Data Made Simpler
9:25 – 9: 50 am Estuary and Coastal Conditions Reporting
Hal Walker - EPA Atlantic Ecological Laboratory
9:55 – 10:15 am Lessons from the European Union
Linda Green - URI Cooperative Extension
10:15 – 10:40 am What’s the Score? Developing Metrics and Indices
Jerry Schoen - Massachusetts Water Watch Partnership
10:40 – 11:05 am Facilitated discussion
  Second Session – Volunteer Data in Action
12:00 – 12:25 pm The Buzzards Bay Eutrophication Index
Tony Williams - Buzzards Bay Citizen Monitoring Program
12:25 – 12:50 pm The Secret Life of the Stream Health Index
Sue Flint - Organization for the Assabet River Stream Watch Program
12:50 – 1:15 pm Housatonic River Score Card
Carolyn Sibner - Housatonic Valley Association
1:15 – 1:45 pm Facilitated discussion
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Presenting Data Effectively - Geoff Dates
This interactive session will allow participants the opportunity to discuss the examples they have heard about and to work with some monitoring data to create an effective presentation.
3:00 – 4:00 pm Developing Public Friendly Indicators - Facilitated discussion
While state standards typically refer to a numeric value that a particular parameter must meet, the public is often more interested in whether a waterbody is “safe” for a particular use. In this session will focus on how to make water quality indicators more understandable to the public (i.e. # of times bacteria levels exceeded safe levels rather than 251 colony forming units per 100 mL).
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