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Citizen Scientists Wanted for Water Quality Testing!

Have you always wanted to be a scientist?  Everyone will have the opportunity to be a Citizen Scientist on Saturday, August 19, 2017, and take part in a Water Quality Testing Research Project.  The project is being headed by Dr. Daniel Heath, and Dr. Subba Rao Chaganti at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. 

It is a large scale water quality testing event to examine the DNA of the bacteria and algae found in the collected water, to see if they can more accurately determine the health risks of the organisms in the beach water, and more accurately determine whether beaches should be closed, and when. 

How can you help?  The researchers are hoping to get 1,000 people to collect water samples from area waterways (see brochure below) all on the same morning, so they can get a snapshot of the water quality from a broad area at a point in time. 

Go to one of the locations listed in the brochure and pick up a water sampling kit, collect the water sample on Saturday morning (Aug. 19), and return the water sample to one of the Drop off sites.

The researchers will then alalyze the water samples, and report their findings at a later date. 

Please help protect our beaches and water quality by participating in this project!

Volunteers can pick up sample bottles between 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Aug. 16-18 at:

  • Belle River's Lakeview Park Beach
  • Brian Masse constituency office
  • Colchester Beach
  • Essex Region Conservation Authority office
  • Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
  • Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex 
  • Point Pelee National Park

Samples can be returned between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Information on sample collection kits and instructions for collecting your water sample