Citizen Scientists Work In Bayfield

(from left to right) Kate Lloyd-Rees, Sandy Scotchmer, and Erica Clark helping to collect water quality monitoring samples in the Bayfield area. (Courtesy of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority)

Several volunteers from Bayfield and area have signed up to be citizen scientists.

Locals in the community are helping to collect water quality data along the Bayfield Main Beach.  The volunteers will collect samples every two weeks and during rain events throughout July and August.

The samples will then be analyzed for concentrations of E. coli and phosphorus, a nutrient which can sometimes result in algae blooms.

The data collected by the volunteers will help the Ausable Bayfield Conservation, Huron County Health Unit, and Municipality of Bluewater to determine whether stormwater from the Bayfield area is having an impact.