Community and Science

URBAN uses accepted scientific protocols to collect data in streams and wetlands.  Our volunteer data are therefore compatible with routine monitoring data used by researchers and management agencies to help track changes in streams and wetlands.  Besides the obvious benefit of empowering environmental stewardship in participants,  we also provide important data that are no longer being monitored by governments.  Inspired by other long-standing crowd-sourcing environmental initiatives such as the Secchi dip-in, we hope that URBAN’s Community & Science initiatives will motivate people living in the Great Lakes region to become citizen scientists and to engage in long-term monitoring of local aquatic ecosystems.