Starkey Citizens for a Clean & Healthy Environment
Documenting Baseline Water Quality

I hope you can join us for an evening to learn about and celebrate the work of CSI Volunteers at our 9th Annual Volunteer Symposium:

When: Thursday, March 21st, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Borg-Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca

What: Water, Here and Now: Documenting Baseline Water Quality - The Community Science Institute's 9th Annual Volunteer Symposium

More than 4 years have passed since the possibility of hydrofracking in New York first made headlines. Unlike other states in the Marcellus region, New Yorkers have had this time to consider how hydrofracking might affect local communities and how to minimize negative impacts. Locally, the preservation of clean water is of significant importance. TheCommunity Science Institute (CSI) runs a certified water testing lab and partners with volunteer groups to monitor water quality. CSI's "Red Flag" volunteer monitoring program has collected scientifically credible baseline water quality data for many streams and creeks in the Southern Tier.

This year's keynote speaker will be Abby Kinchy, former CSI volunteer and principal investigator of the Watershed Mapping Project, a research study that examines efforts to monitor the impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas development on surface water.

CSI volunteers from Tompkins and surrounding counties will share results and experiences from their monitoring efforts. CSI staff will present a sneak preview of the Regional Baseline Initiative database, a collection of certified baseline tests from nearly 200 private groundwater wells across New York.

Join us to find out what volunteers and scientists have been doing to empower and inform communities about the risks to water from hydrofracking and how you can get involved!

Becky Bowen

Outreach Coordinator
Community Science Institute
Water Quality Testing Lab

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