Volunteers needed to help assess local water quality

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York environmental officials are looking for citizen scientists to help them assess water quality here in Western New York.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting volunteers to help with assessments of Lake Ontario and the Niagara and Genesee river watersheds.

Data from the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators, or WAVE, project augments the work of state scientists creating an inventory of water quality. Volunteer monitors visit stream sites once a year in the warmer months to collect samples.

Citizens can join a local WAVE group. They also can take samples independently, as long as they attend a training session.

Training sessions are being held around upstate areas in May and June.

More information is available at the DEC’s website.

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