Citizen Science and Watershed Monitoring: Exploring Engagement and Transformative Action

Authors: Sharon Moran*, State Univeristy of New York - Env. Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Topics: Environment, Water Resources and Hydrology, Anthropocene
Keywords: citizen science; sustainability; watershed monitoring
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In what ways have these projects cultivated the notion of environmental citizenship? General interest in ‘citizen science’ projects is expanding, especially in the area of watershed monitoring, but how these projects act to shape people’s conceptions of themselves, their watershed(s), and the role of the state in environmental management? Some of the more recent challenges for these programs include: decreased state capacity for monitoring, and more sophisticated analytical technologies for complex problems such as HABs (harmful algal blooms). To date, many researchers have celebrated citizen science as “a way to radically democratize environmental governance,” but this paper will contemplate whether projects are in fact “stimulat[ing] transformative actions in the present,” as stressed by Kinchy (2017). Existing projects as well as future opportunities will be identified. Kinchy, A, (2016) Citizen Science and Democracy: Participatory Water

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