Youth Stream Education Experience

On Tuesday, June 28, ALLARM’s summer watershed coordinators led an educational nature walk for the CONNECT youth summer camp based in Carlisle. This event was led by Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle (’24), Michelle Cao (’25), Nick Bradbury (’23), Michelle Hom (’24), and myself. The two-hour nature walk…

Sharing ALLARM with EcoLeague

On June 16th, I had the pleasure of presenting with my friend and colleague Michelle Cao ‘25 during the 2022 EcoLeague Retreat held at Dickinson College. Our audience consisted of deans and faculty from the six EcoLeague schools, a consortium of ecologically-focused liberal arts colleges…

Finding the Stories Hidden in Data

On Wednesday, June 8th, Candie Wilderman (Founder and Science Advisor), Stephanie Letourneau (Community Science Specialist), Phoebe Galione (Outreach Manager), and student watershed coordinators Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle ‘24 and I joined Stream Team volunteers virtually for a follow up to the Data Exploration Workshop held in mid-April.…

Image shows author and volunteers sorting through macroinvertebrates along the banks of a stream.

Back In-Person: Susquehanna County Training!

On Saturday, June 4th, Director Julie Vastine, Community Science Specialist Stephanie Letourneau, and student watershed coordinators Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle ‘24 and I travelled to Susquehanna County for ALLARM’s first in-person workshop since the start of the pandemic!  We met with Master Watershed Stewards from the upper…

Conquering the Data Universe with R

After their initial trainings, Stream Team volunteers jump into monthly monitoring and over time, gather and upload their collected data to the Chesapeake Data Explorer, the database which holds monitoring data throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. After a minimum of 12 months of monitoring, Stream…

Behind the Data: ALLARM’s Data Exploration Workshop

On Wednesday April 13th, Julie Vastine (Director), Candie Wilderman (ALLARM’s Founder and Science Advisor), Stephanie Letourneau (Community Science Specialist), and Phoebe Galione (Outreach Manager) presented a two-hour long, virtual workshop to Stream Team volunteers across Pennsylvania about how to find the stories hidden within their…

Climate Change, Water Quality, and Community-Centered Solutions

On March 29th, ALLARM kicked off the 2022 Climate Justice Teach-In, hosted by Dickinson College, with a session on Climate Change, Water Quality, and Community-Centered Solutions. Our presenters included student watershed coordinators Claudia Bonaccorsi (‘22) and Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle (‘24), as well as senior staff members…

Lycoming-Clinton’s First Stream Team Workshop!

On March 22nd, ALLARM met virtually with Lycoming-Clinton Stream Team for a training covering water sampling and monitoring procedures. The workshop was led by Director Julie Vastine, Community Science Specialist Stephanie Letourneau and student watershed coordinators Cat Dickman 22’, Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle ‘24, Prerana Patil ’24…

Online Training with The New York Water Sentinels

On February 24th, 2022, six members of the ALLARM team conducted a virtual, 2.5 hour stream monitoring workshop for the New York Water Sentinels. The New York Water Sentinels developed a monitoring study design during the pandemic to generate nutrient and baseline data in watersheds…

My First Equipment Distribution

On Monday February 28, I accompanied Stephanie Letourneau (Community Science Specialist) and Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle ‘24 on a trip to Lycoming County to distribute equipment to our Stream Team volunteers. Armed with gauge sticks, turbidity tubes, sampling poles, and monitoring kits, we set off to meet…

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