Creek Watch is an iPhone application that enables you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway, spend a few seconds using the Creek Watch application to snap a picture and report how much water and trash you see. The data is aggregated and shared with water control boards to help them track pollution and manage water resources. You can explore data that people have contributed at www.creekwatch.org and go ahead and download it at the Apple iTunes store.
Now, you can share your Creek Watch reports on Facebook and Twitter to:
1) Increase awareness about the environment and watershed protection.
2) Encourage your friends and networks to download the free app and become ‘citizen scientists’ in less than 30 seconds.
More than 4,000 active users in more than 25 countries worldwide are contributing valuable water data to scientists and officials. Several monitoring programs have been put in place by regional water authorities in cities including San Jose, California. You can read about it here.
Erick Burress, Citizen Monitoring Coordinator from the State Water Board of California, explains why voluntary water monitoring is important to help improve and protect the environment, and how Creek Watch makes it simple for kids and adults alike.