Public Lab Research note

Los Angeles river monitoring

by levisimons | May 31, 2014 01:41 31 May 01:41 | #10521 | #10521

Project name: Ecology and the Chemistry of the Los Angeles Watershed

Project stats Number of sites: 8 Measurements being taken: Current data Number of high schools involved: 5 Current funding: We are funded until August 1st 2014 by the Cognizant Foundation.

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I noticed you're looking at macroinvertebrate monitoring as a part of your approach. Here are a couple citizen science/school projects doing similar work. Ecospark Canada has a really nice guide for Lake Erie., also look at PREEMO on the Passaic River in New Jersey, they are also an urban watershed macroinvertebrate program.

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PREEMO looks excellent. I think there's a lot there we may want to borrow, especially as a number of folks working on setting up this LA project are involved with BioSCAN ( ) at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

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I really like that bioscan project! it sounds like benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring will fit right in.

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What is the status of this project/ how can I potentially participate? I just found Public Lab today and joined and would love to learn more about participating in particular projects like this! I am a high school teacher and wouldn't mind getting kids involved. Plus, I really want to augment my own routine by participating in ecology-based research. I live and teach near the LA river and I would love to find out more about what you need help with!

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Ms. Lea,

Please contact me at to see how to get involved. I've also update the wiki page as well.


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