This is Diana Eddowes, Program Manager for FreshWater Watch, North America, reporting from the National Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida.
This is the second time I have attended this conference but this time I am joined by colleagues from around the world: some of our partners from the US, Canada, and Mexico and some of my colleagues from Boston and Oxford. We are all here to give a panel presentation on FreshWater Watch entitled: “From the office to the field: Perspectives of a global citizen science project.” Some of us have additional presentations and posters to present throughout the week as well.
Besides our presentations we are here to learn more about what other groups are doing around water quality monitoring including universities, non-profit groups, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Geological Survey. The tagline of the conference is "Working Together For Clean Water" and I think it sums up what this whole conference is about, citizens, non-profit groups, and governments coming together for the greater good. It also makes a great tagline for FreshWater Watch too. I think FreshWater Watch also stands out from many of the other programs that are represented here mainly because of the huge scale of the program and the fact that most of our volunteers come from corporate partners.
I’m very proud to share our achievements with this program with a wider audience and I hope to learn a lot from this conference. Stay tuned for more live updates through our FreshWater Watch facebook page.