APNEP Citizens' Monitoring Network
The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program's (APNEP) Citizens' Monitoring Network (CMN) is a network of private citizens who monitor ambient, surface water quality in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary and its tributaries. This program began as an initiative by the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, to protect, preserve, and promote the quality of the Tar-Pamlico River and its watershed. In 1991, the CMN was expanded under the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program to include all waters located within the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed basin.
The CMN focuses upon three areas of activity: 1) baseline monitoring, 2) targeted monitoring and surveys, and 3) water quality education. Program participants receive support in many forms: water quality education and training, equipment and supplies, data management and analysis, and network opportunities.
Participants in the CMN primarily monitor "vital signs" of the estuary. Specifically, volunteers monitor dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, air and water temperatures, and turbidity to gauge the general health or quality of water in the estuary. Using basic, but accurate water quality test kits, citizen volunteers analyze water samples, observe qualitative factors such as weather conditions and other visual indicators, and record their results. Occasionally, program volunteers gather water samples for specific pollutants such as bacteria and nutrients. All data collected are forwarded to the program office where the coordinator compiles the information and enters the data into report form for citizen and government agency use. Often, these monitoring efforts serve as useful supplements to existing governmental activities.
How to Volunteer
At this time, we are unable to take on new volunteers. If interested, please check back at a later date. Thank you for your interest.
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