In addition to collecting and disseminating certified water quality data with the help of a large volunteer network, CSI seeks to inform and empower the community through public forums and educational programs for adults and children. CSI outreach activities are designed to foster environmental stewardship, encourage the public to take part in the scientific process, and address community concerns regarding water quality.
Ever wonder which water quality issues are affecting your backyard streams and which laws and policies protect your favorite swimming hole? CSI’s public forums seek to address community concerns regarding water in our region. Forums are free and open to the public and include presentations by experts with plenty of time for discussion.
Over the years, CSI’s public forums have covered a range of topics including:
Non-point source nutrient loading to the lakes
The effects of climate change on our regional environment and water resources
Salt and water quality in the southern Cayuga Lake watershed
Cyanobacteria blooms on Cayuga Lake
4-H2O Youth Education Programs
Science experiments and data collection aren’t just for adults! Through our 4-H2O program, CSI aims to foster and support the next generation of scientists through tactile and mentally stimulating activities that allow children to “dip their toes” into the world of water.
4-H2O activities include:
Collecting and analyzing water and phytoplankton samples aboard the Discover Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom
Collecting, identifying, and drawing aquatic organisms from local streams and creeks
Learning about how water is processed in and around Ithaca through water treatment plant tours. How do we make sure our water is safe to drink? And what happens to water once we’ve finished using it?
Learning about the critters that cause harmful algal blooms: What are they? Where did they come from? Why are they often considered a problem?
Public Water Quality Database
CSI’s public database compiles 20 years of certified water quality data collected by our many volunteers throughout Central and Southern New York. Data can be sorted by location, date, and analyte and downloaded free of charge.
Need help navigating the database? Give us a call! Our outreach coordinator would be happy to assist you.
Connect with Us
The Community Science Institute
Langmuir Lab Building/ Box 1044
95 Brown Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850