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Celebrate World Water Monitoring Day with Finger Lakes Institute

Community members invited to monitor water and contribute water quality data

(Sept. 14, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–The Finger Lakes Institute will honor World Water Monitoring Day (Oct. 18) by hosting water-quality monitoring events in the coming weeks, to help local citizens gain first-hand experience in assessing the health of their local watershed.

The Institute plans to monitor at two sites within the watersheds of the Finger Lakes Region: Naples Creek in Naples, N.Y., on Sept. 26, and Guyanoga Creek in Branchport, N.Y., on Oct. 9. Starting time is 10 a.m. at each location. Directions to each site are on the Web at http://fli.hws.edu/workshops.asp.

Citizens' monitoring activities such as these contribute water quality data that helps characterize watershed conditions and trends, establish baseline water quality knowledge and build environmental awareness.

Monitors will be instructed on how to perform and submit data from four key tests: dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity/clarity and temperature. Participants will learn how macro invertebrates (aquatic bugs), nitrogen and phosphorus content, and speed of the water flow impact water quality in lakes, streams and wetlands.

The Finger Lakes Institute is committed to sharing and protecting our community's water ecosystem and welcomes citizen participation. All community members, both experienced and first-time monitors, are invited.

Registration is required. To find out more about each monitoring site and to register, visit The Finger Lakes Institute at http://fli.hws.edu, call (315) 781-4382 or e-mail Sarah Meyer, Finger Lakes Institute community outreach coordinator, at fli@hws.edu.