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Environmental Monitoring

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Environmental Monitoring

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  1. Environmental Monitoring • About Monitoring • Why • How • What • Building the Organization • Database • Information • Communication • Environmental challenges and responses

  2. Shale gas drilling comes to New York

  3. Citizen Science – information is power provides technical and programmatic support for community stream monitoring shale gas stream monitoring developed in 2010 provides monitoring plan, training, protocols new structure built to provide organizational and NY specific programmatic support organizes trainings, supports ongoing monitoring efforts, coordinates response to environmental challenges

  4. Shale Gas Monitoring Protocol • Kits are leased (for free) to volunteer monitoring teams • Teams visit sites 1-4 times a month • Record current and recent weather, stage, and conductivity • Enter measurements into online database • 2x a year, QA/QC and certified lab testing of Ba/Sr

  5. QA/QC • Lab Providers • measure conductivity for split sample analysis • preserve samples • submit for certified lab analysis • Data Monitors • review lab split sample results and follow up with teams • inspect data from each team and stream for internal consistency

  6. Certified Lab Analysis • EPA, NYS certified for stream water analysis • Measure Barium and Strontium • Indicator for water from shale formations • Use for baseline • Grab sample if signs of a spill

  7. Baseline data – scope • 6 trainings over 2 years • 104 sentinels across 75 sites in 9 counties • 1273 individual observations

  8. Baseline data in numbers

  9. Organization • In-person trainings, summits, and group meetings • 5 regional groups with coordinators and data managers • Weekly leader calls with data and group leaders • Public education presentations and tabling

  10. Organization • PHP/MySQL database for team member, site info, and observation info • Observation info entered by monitors • Links to Google docs

  11. Organization • Google docs for protocols, meeting notes • Live shared note taking, collaborative document editing • Public vs private permissions for different information

  12. Past and Ongoing Environmental Risks and Response • Landfills and wastewater treatment plants taking fracking fluids and industrial waste • Oil spills • Natural gas pipeline development • Air quality