Water Reporters, this is your reference for using the Water Reporter app. It summarizes the topics covered at the Water Reporter training event held in June 2019. We are so pleased to see how volunteers like you are having an impact by being Water Reporters.
Types of Water Reporter Posts we want to see
There are a variety of posts that are helpful. Using hashtags to identify the type of incident you are reporting helps organize your reports. If you are having trouble remembering the types of posts we are looking for and the hashtags to use, think WATERS!
We have new resources on our Water Reporter webpage. Some sections that may be of interest to you:
- See a visual guide to creating a post on an iPhone
Note: This is especially helpful if you are having trouble sharing to our group. It is the least intuitive part of posting on an iPhone and it is an important step of posting. In short, you have to click the group icon and then our logo. A small green dot will appear next to our logo when you have successfully set it to share with our group.
- See a visual guide to creating a post on Android
- See the troubleshooting section
- Share this link with a friend so they can sign up for Water Reporter: https://www.cascobay.org/water-reporter/#WRbecomevolunteer
- See Water Reporter Posts on a Map
Note: If you are not seeing your posts on this map it means your posts have not been shared to our group.
You can help us collect observations on two special issues we are tracking.
Nuisance Algal Blooms (#algae)
At the training, several people offered to help track nuisance algal blooms at specific locations around the Bay. We are still looking for volunteers to cover the following locations on a regular basis:
- Two locations in Merepoint Bay, Brunswick, Site A & Site B
- Basin Cove, Harpswell
- Widgeon Cove, Harpswell
- New Meadows Marina, Brunswick
If you would like to take part by visiting one of these sites weekly, slyman [at] cascobay [dot] org“>let me know and I’ll send you the instructions.
Sea Level Rise (#sealevelrise)
#sealevelrise is all about capturing photos of extreme high tides and storm surges and their impacts on our coast. Water Reporters are helping us envision what our coastline may look like in the future as sea levels continue to rise:
- when there is a King Tide, a predicted extra high tide, or
- when we have storm surge.
When these two conditions happen at the same time, we see the greatest impact. You can see more about this on the Water Reporter webpage as well. Click the Sea level rise tab in the Special Water Reporter Posting Types section. The next opportunity to document a King Tide will be during the first few days of August.
Need help or can’t find what you are looking for?
Contact me via email: slyman [at] cascobay [dot] org, or text or call at (207) 370-7553.
Please keep your posts and questions coming! We are here to help you with Water Reporter, as it is quickly becoming an essential part of our work.