It takes a village, and Water Reporter can help.
A complete understanding of conditions, issues, and assets in a watershed will allow watershed groups, local government, and private property owners to make focused investments to improve and protect water quality across our region. There are many issues that must be addressed, and many places that must be protected, but we need to know what they are to really make a difference.
This means that if everyone gave a shout when they see something wrong, or something beautiful, we can create that complete picture. Enter the Water Reporter app. This free app will allow you to put in little effort to create a big impact. Take a picture, write a description, and a report will be sent to the Allegheny Watershed Alliance (for any photo taken in Allegheny County- this app can be used all over the country).
What you should report
1. Eroding streambanks
2. Loads of litter
3. Illegal dumping
4. Frothy or discolored water
5. Messy construction sites
6. Beautiful places!
Recently, the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association held a two day workshop for the Penn State Master Watershed Stewards on why it is valuable to use the app, how it is used, and in field examples of what to take pictures of. More of these workshops will be provided in the future, but don't be shy about asking for one on one guidance.
Download the free Water Reporter app, and immediately add to our knowledge of water resources!