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WAVE Training Sessions

This year (2014), citizen scientists can participate in the WAVE project in one of two ways: citizen scientists can join a local WAVE group lead by a trained local coordinator OR they can sample independently. For the first time, NYSDEC is offering training sessions for local coordinators so that they may train and coordinate their own team of WAVE participants. Citizen scientists working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a WAVE training session. Citizen scientists who wish to work independently must attend a WAVE training session.

The WAVE training sessions are rotated throughout the state's 17 major drainage basins on a five year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit in the following year (NYSDEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit's monitoring schedule). This year (2014), WAVE training sessions are being offered in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Mohawk River basins.

Local coordinator and basic WAVE training sessions are scheduled for May and June at the locations listed below. Local coordinators should plan to attend from 9am-4pm whereas basic WAVE training will be held at the same location from 12-4pm.

The Village of Westfield, Chautauqua County (June 1)
West Seneca, Erie County (May 31)
Wyoming, Wyoming County (June 21)
Huron, Wayne County (May 23)
Ellisburg, Jefferson County (May 24)
New Hartford, Oneida County (June 29)
Esperance, Schoharie County (June 14)
Alplaus, Schenectady County (May 17)

To register for a training session, contact the WAVE Coordinator Alene Onion by email: wave@dec.ny.gov.


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