Stream Tracker Citizen Science

Stream Tracker Citizen Science


(opening music) – We use a mobile
application, CitSci Mobile. And so you would select
your site, you would give it an observation name,
and then, this application allows us to take a photo. And then, we’re able to
record the flow conditions. So, here we have channel
covered, no flow, standing water, and for this site, we have
flow, so we’ll select that. We are at a stream called Skin Gulch. This is one of Stream Tracker’s
stream flow sensor sites, in which we are actually
measuring using equipment the flow of the stream channel. And the site is also a part
of the Stream Tracker network where it’s visited by the
community, within the network that’s recording whether
or not they simply see flow or no flow at this site. – My main motivation
behind this data sheet, was to kind of get a
more qualitative approach into the flow measurements
that Stream Tracker was already gathering. Like, if the flow in five
seconds could fill a coffee cup, or a basketball, or a five
gallon bucket, or a bathtub. If they could estimate the
width of the channel, then you could tell how fast that
flow was actually going. And so, I had them estimate
from, again, common objects such as a ruler, a width of
a door, a height of a door, or a two-lane highway. If they wanted to take it
one step further, they could essentially put something
in the stream, count how far it floats in about 10
seconds, and then they could estimate that distance, which
would give them the velocity. And then, if they wanted
to, they could simply stick a stick in the stream to estimate depth. Some estimates on discharge
could be a little more qualitative than saying a
stream has flow or no flow. – So this stream is telling us a story. And a story that we with Stream
Tracker want to document. These streams that we have
chosen to learn more about, they are everywhere. And so, I think it’s really
valuable to have this project in which everyone can kind
of gain something from it that’s very unique to
themselves and the locations that they see as important
in their day-to-day lives. (music ends)

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