Collecting and Analyzing Data on Groundwater Spring Makeup and Quality

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Signup Deadline: 12-31-2019
Starts: 01-01-2020
Ends: 12-31-2020
Location: 123 Main Street, Rockbridge County, VA 24450 volunteer opportunity location


Thriving Earth Exchange helps scientists and communities form collaborative, impactful partnerships. Community science projects launched through Thriving Earth Exchange use science to advance community priorities and are part of a growing movement toward engaged, community-driven science.

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following project in Rockbridge County, VA:

The community would like to focus on verifying spring locations, and collecting, consolidating, and analyzing new and existing data from those springs. Volunteers and university interns are willing and able to collect and document samples and measurements. There are 11 existing sources of springs data beginning in the 1930s.

Outputs for this project include:
- Methods for collecting data from springs
- Additions to a new database of historic data and an existing map
- A report that explains to community leaders what the data shows

The team seeks a scientific partner(s) to develop collection and measurement methodology for volunteers, and to analyze and explain what the existing and resulting datasets show. The scientific partner will work with the team for the duration of the project, with the potential of a mutually agreed-upon second phase focused on the development of educational materials.

Read more about the project on the Thriving Earth Exchange website.

Desired skills and expertise:
Background in hydrology, specifically focused on the vulnerability of carbonate aquifers
Experience in public policy (a plus, not a must)
Experience with scientific water sampling and study design
Experience and/or desire to participate in volunteer training and education
Willingness to connect science to local concerns
Adept problem-solver and able to effectively convey results in written form
Ability to work with community leaders and other scientific partners if multiple are required
Remote engagement is OK — local, or knowledge of the local system, is a plus


Volunteers Needed:

1 (1 open slot)

Experience Required:

No Experience


Melissa Goodwin
American Geophysical Union