What do you monitor?
The Harpeth Conservancy uses Water Reporter to encourage citizens to monitor and report algal blooms, bank erosion, trash and litter buildup, and general pollution issues. In 2018, we coordinated an Algae Watchers campaign where our more active members on Water Reporter surveyed various parts of the Harpeth River watershed between July and October (time period when algal blooms are most likely to occur) to track and document problematic algal blooms. We plan to continue this campaign in 2019.
Why do you monitor?
We use information and data collected via Water Reporter to help plan river cleanup events (i.e. where trash buildup is excessive), identify where algal blooms are occurring in real-time so our staff can collect water samples, and identify bank erosion that may be suitable for restoration work.