Hurry! Sign up NOW! Registration Closes December 7th!


We still have plenty of space available but you must reserve your space before Wednesday December 7th. Visit: to register. The cost is $20 and $15 for students.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
9 am to 3 pm
Randolph Macon College
Copley Science Center (#38 on campus map)
Calhoun St
Ashland, VA 23005

Please click here to see the agenda.

This summit is intended to be a space for volunteer monitors across Virginia to come together, swap stories, network, gain some new skills, and hear about how volunteer monitoring is contributing to the larger picture in the state. This year will include workshops on how to calibrate your probes, how to ID aquatic bugs to the family level, storm water BMPs of Ashland, and expanding monitoring networks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

We hope you can attend!


VCWQ 2016: Save the Date!

Don’t fret fellow monitors! We will be having our 2016 VCWQ conference on December 10th, 2016 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Be sure to add the date to your calendar and keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon!



2015 Mid Atlantic Conference Presentations

Integrating Citizen Science into the Chesapeake Bay Program – Mathis, TANGO

Friday Breakout Session 1

Chesapeake Bay Volunteer Monitoring Network – Mathis.1A

How Agencies Use Volunteer Data 
Maryland’s Use of Data – Boward.1B
West Virginia’s Use of Data – Craddock.1B
Virginia’s Use of Data – Shiflet.1B
Volunteers in Fish and Wildlife Management – Bugas.1B

Trash and Marine Debris: Keep it Curbed
Waterwheel Powered Trash Interceptor – Appleby-Kellett
Trex Coorporation – Hicks.1C
Trash and Marine Debris Survey – Register.1C
Virginia’s Marine Debris Reduction Plan – KRegister.1C

Projects Spanning Across State Lines
Accomplishing Cross-Border Science Research in the Clinch and Powell Rivers – Beaty.1D
Overview of the Chesapeake Bay Program – Johnson.1D
The Role of ICPRB in the Development of Algae Monitoring Methodologies – Selckmann 1D

Effective Ways To Get Your Message Across
Training and Educating Digitally – Beckley.1E
Connecting Human Health to Water Quality – Calvert.1E
Tap Into Your Creative Side – Fleming.1E
Shenandoah River Water Window – Webb.1E

Friday Breakout Session 2

Volunteer Monitoring: The Next Generation
A Digital Application to Analyze Coliscan Easygel Results – Humphrey.2A
Suitable Habitat Survey for SAV in Mathews and Middlesex Counties – Kaylor.2A
Radical Radishes: Improving Urban Soil – Mecca,2A
A Study for Possible Acidification of Estuarine Water – Selph.2A.Acidification of CB
Moringa, The Miracle Tree – Shukla.2A

Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Volunteer Data
Components to Develop a Strong Quality Assurance Program – Beckley.2B
Quality Assurance Project Plans for Macroinvertabrate Monitoring – Miller.2B
Delaware: A model for the Chesapeake Bay Region – Muller.2B
Friends of the Shenandoah River QA Program – Andersen.2B

Volunteers Helping Localities Meet MS4 Goals
Utilizing Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring to Meet Local Program Objectives – French.2C
Reframing the Permit’s Ownership – McDonnell.2C
City of Richmond: An Example of Localities Working with Volunteers – Revene.2C

Habitat Restoration: Volunteer Examples
Flip This Swamp! – Beckley.2D
The Habitat Partners Program – Crall.2D
Habitat Restoration and Volunteer Opportunities for Living Shorelines – Karen Duhring.2D

Volunteer Monitoring Success Stories
Citizen Science Bacteria Monitoring – Dunckel.2E
Developing a Volunteer Gas Shale Monitoring Program – Dunlap.Tyner.2E
Smith Mountain Lake Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program – Thomas Pohlad.2E

Saturday Breakout Session 1

Lab B: Macroinvertabrate Field Identification – Miller.1Lab B
Lab C: Uploading and Using STORET – Shumway
Classroom A: Effective Communication of Data to the Public Dawes.1ClassroomA

Saturday Breakout Session 2

Lab A: Quality Assurance/Study Design Workshop – Beckley.4Lab Muller.LabA
Lab B: Gas Shale Monitoring Workshop – Sparacino.PresentatioHands On ActivityMeter Directions





Last week to register for the Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference!

Don’t forget to register for the Mid Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference taking place August 7-8, 2015 at the beautiful Shenandoah University Campus!

Check out the agenda:

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2015 Conference Abstracts and Bios are now available!

For more details, including hotels that are offering discounted rates, check out the facebook page:

Register here:

Register now for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference

Registration is open for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference!

Join us for one or both days to learn about innovative monitoring projects, discuss collaboration on data usage, and gain valuable knowledge on essential components of monitoring programs. Check out the draft agenda here. Register here:

Registration Costs:

Friday, August 7th $55

Saturday, August 8th $35

Registration includes lunches, snacks, and Friday dinner.

Optional Workshops and Field Trips:

Thursday, August 6th 1pm to 4pm – Canoe Expedition $35

Saturday, August 8th 9am to 10:30am – Rain Barrel Workshop $45

Saturday, August 8th 10:45 am to 12:15 pm – Rain Barrel Workshop $45

Save the Date – 2015 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference – August 6-8, 2015

Save the Date!

Come join us for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference! This year Virginia Citizens for Water Quality will join this conference with a VCWQ track. Please see the attached flyer and agenda and visit the Facebook page at to learn more.

In addition, this conference will host a film festival focused on volunteer monitoring and water quality.  Accepted films can range just about any genre from music videos to a short movie. Details on the film festival are enclosed as well as on the conference Facebook page     You can find a sample of videos at to get some inspiration.

What do you know about water quality?

You are being invited to participate in research titled “What do you know about water quality.” This study will assist us in understanding what people know about water quality for the improvement of related citizen science projects and education campaigns.* We are surveying individuals that reside near or along the North Carolina and Virginia coasts. The survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete and will remain anonymous. The study is being conducted by Chad Smith, a PhD candidate in the Coastal Resources Management Program at East Carolina University in the Institute of Coastal Science and Policy.

 SURVEY LINK (directions will be provided when you access the link)