Environmental Monitoring Programs
Environmental monitoring activities make up a significant percentage of EASI senior environmental volunteer programs across the United States. With the help of sponsoring organizations such as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, senior centers, religious organizations, local governments and others, EASI volunteers are involved in hundreds of projects designed to ensure that our country will have clean air and water. Monitoring the quality of water, for example, is a vitally important and popular program. Volunteers take samples of water from local streams and conduct streamside analyses of such components as acidity, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. They also observe the stream habitat and assess aquatic life found in the stream.
EASI Senior Environment Corps (SEC) volunteers carry out the monitoring,
enter the data into an electronic database, and educate their communities
about the results of the monitoring.
Other environmental monitoring projects include global climate change
and weather programs that assess temperatures on a periodic basis and report
their data to sponsoring organizations. Volunteers often can participate
from homes, reporting by telephone, or via the Internet. Volunteers who
participate in any type of wildlife census often participate from their
homes. Forest monitoring volunteers do specific tree counts, and
learn how to identify species of vegetation. They may develop programs
to control non-native species that are threatening specific areas.
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