Enroll Your Monitoring Program in the Dip-In
The Dip-In is open to any program or qualified individual in the world that monitors transparency in rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes, or reservoirs.
The Dip-In targets volunteer monitoring programs, since we are trying to encourage participation in existing programs, not compete with them. However, qualified persons who measure transparency as a part of their profession but are not part of a volunteer program may also participate. We especially encourage participation in regions of the continent where there are no volunteer monitoring programs.
The Dip-In encourages the use of a Secchi disk, but we encourage the development of transparency programs in sites such as rivers and estuaries where the Secchi disk cannot be used. If your program uses a turbidity tube, a turbidity meter, or a black Secchi disk instead of a regular Secchi disk, your volunteers can add their information on our web entry form.
We encourage programs to use the Dip-In to introduce environmental monitoring to the Public, but we also use this data for scientific purposes. If non-trained individuals take readings, please report only values taken by a trained supervisor.
| All you have to do to have your volunteers participate is to enroll your programat our enrollment page.
Be sure to state how many volunteers in your program. We will send the Dip-In questionnaire and a summary of the previous year's results to all your volunteers, whether or not they have participated in the past.
If you send us mailing labels, we will mail the questionnaires directly to your volunteers. This is the least expensive way for us and takes the least amount of your time.
You can also choose to distribute the questionnaires yourself, however, we cannot provide postage for the questionnaires.
We do not keep addresses of your volunteers so that their privacy is insured. We also will not mail anything to your volunteers without labels from you. However, all of the data returned to us by the volunteers is available to you and to others.
It is difficult to find locations on rivers and estuaries. If you have some system by which we could identify the site where your volunteers sample, please send them to us. A map with the site locations and site numbers would be helpful.
Even if you can’t participate in the Dip-In, we will keep you informed about the Dip-In if you enroll your program.
|If you have received Dip-In material in the past, you do not need to enroll. You are already on our mailing list through your program.
If you are already a member of a monitoring program and did not receive Dip-In material last year, please first contact your program coordinator and urge them to have your group participate in the Dip-In.
If the monitoring program in which you participate is not listed on the Dip-In Participants Page, then we would invite your program to join the Dip-In. Please contact your program coordinator to suggest participation or contact us for more information.
If you are not a member of a monitoring program, and would like to volunteer to help monitor our environment, please look at:
If there is no existing volunteer monitoring program in your area, you are welcome to enroll as an individual.
If you do not live in the United States or Canada, you are welcome to enroll as well, but you must enter your data online
If you have any questions regarding whether or not you need to be on our mailing list, please contact us at DipIn@kent.edu