National Water Quality Monitoring Conference

Grace: Throughout the last week of April, I was able to attend several sessions for the annual National Water Quality Monitoring Conference. This year’s theme was “Working Together, Virtually, for Clean Water,” and the week was filled with opportunities to attend sessions relating to water…

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Presentations

On April 12th, months of research carried out by much of the ALLARM staff culminated at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) meeting with the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC). The goal of the meeting was to go over the findings of student research involving…

Master Watershed Stewards: Citizen Science Co-Presentation

On March 23, 2021,  I co-presented with ALLARM Director Julie Vastine in a virtual presentation to Pennsylvania Master Watershed Stewards about Citizen Science. We had 25 people in the audience who logged in for the event in real time, but the session was also recorded…

Community Organizing and Building Power

Dickinson’s Center for Civic Learning and Action (CCLA) held the fourth and last of its virtual Civic Skills Academy four-sessions on February 25, 2021. The “Community Organizing to Build Power” workshop was led by the Center for Coalfield Justice Executive Director, Veronica Coptis. The goal…

Cumberland County Stream Team Part 2 – Yellow Breeches!

In January, planning for two back-to-back Cumberland County Stream Team data interpretation meetings began. These meetings split the Cumberland County Stream Team volunteers into two sections based on their watershed: Yellow Breeches Creek, and Conodoguinet Creek combined with University Run. These meetings provided the opportunity…

Data Interpretation: Conodoguinet and University Run Stream Teams

Event: Data Interpretation Workshop, February 16, 2021 [caption id="attachment_536" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Olivia Spildooren '21 and Hiba Aoid '21 leading a breakout discussion room with two Stream Team members to talk through data trends.[/caption] On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, I helped co-facilitate small group discussions during…

The Evolution of the Workshop

I started off with ALLARM as a curious sophomore at Dickinson College, looking to connect with an academic group of like-minded individuals. Once I got an offer from Director Julie Vastine to become a Watershed Coordinator, I knew that this space would be a pivotal…

First Week as an ALLARMie!

Working with ALLARM for my first week has been one of the highlights of my week.  I was able to get a taste of all the hard work that goes into ALLARM. I listened to two meetings…the first one being a Stream Team Open Call.…

Chesapeake Bay Forum 2020

The Chesapeake Bay Forum, an annual event attended by individuals with a like-interest in protecting and improving the health of our watershed, took a unique spin this year to cater to pandemic safety precautions, and was entirely virtual. Instead of travelling to West Virginia to…

A Virtual Chemical Monitoring Workshop

On November 9th, 2020, ALLARM held a stream team workshop with York County’s Master Watershed Stewards. This training session went through our stream team manual and the chemical tests our volunteers do to show step-by-step demonstrations on each chemical test, which includes the conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen,…

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