Thank you to the three Gunpowder Riverkeeper members who have already attended the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) training for our ground truthing efforts!
Jayne Heckhackley, a board member, and Emily Mendenhall, a committee member, attended the second day of the workshop, which focused on learning how to perform three different tests of water quality. They got hands-on experience working with the testing materials in the water. Getting their feet, and likely other parts of their persons, wet in the process.
Bill Temmink, a committee member, attended the first session, devoted primarily to understanding the types of data being collected and possible future uses. He explained:
We will be providing on the ground (water) sampling to compare with NASA imagery to see how accurate the NASA imagery is.
The actual sampling, Hydrocolor app, and entering data are not difficult or time consuming. They are all things that we can share/teach with others and enable a lot of data collection. The SERC team is very easy to work with and helpful/communicative.