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Citizen Scientists Wanted for Water Quality Testing at Area Beaches

Published on: Thu, 08/17/2017
Last Modified: Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:53am


Researchers at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor are calling on the public to become Citizen Scientists and help collect water samples for a Water Quality Blitz on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.  The research aims to identify by means of DNA analysis which bacteria and algae are in the area waterays and beaches, so as to more accurately determine when or if beaches should be closed to the public for swimming.

You can participate by obtaining a water collection kit from one of the pick up locations indicated in the Brochure Below, and collecting a water sample at an area beach on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, and returning the water sample to one of the Drop Off Locations.

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.

Water Collection kit pickup locations, and instructions

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