Volunteer Monitoring Locations

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Key Definitions: Monitoring Sets, Locations and Events

  • Our volunteer monitoring partnerships are organized around Monitoring Sets.
  • A monitoring set is defined as a set of sampling locations that are chosen by volunteers to characterize possible land use impacts on all or part of a stream or lake.
  • Volunteer groups conduct monitoring events with CSI support, collecting samples from monitoring set locations.
  • A monitoring event may be a SYNOPTIC EVENT meaning that 90% or more of the locations in the monitoring set are sampled within a few hours of each other, or it may be a PARTIAL EVENT meaning that fewer than 90% of monitoring set locations are sampled within a few hours of each other.
  • This database allows visitors to view stream and lake results by monitoring set, monitoring location and monitoring event.