Have a Dip-In Event to Educate the Public
We encourage you to make the Dip-In part of a media event for your monitoring program.
If your monitoring program involves lakes, why not use the North American Lake Management Society's Lakes Appreciation Month campaign as a focal point for your Dip-In event?
Another possibility is to hold your Dip-In event in association with a Lake Day or other established event on your site. Everyone benefits if there is attention drawn to your efforts to monitor the environment and it’s a chance for you to educate the public and your elected officials about the problems and promises of our environment.
Below are some examples of Dip-In related events.
Cuyahoga River Dip-In, Kent, Ohio: The Secchi Dip-In founders have dipped their disks into the famous Cuyahoga River at the City of Kent's Heritage Festival. Ohio Congressman Tom Sawyer, Kent State's President, Carol Cartwright, and other local dignitaries measured the transparency of the Cuyahoga.
Vermont Governor's Lake Dip-In: Vermont conducted a Governor's Lake Dip-In on Lake Bomoseen. Then-Governor, Howard Dean, participated in measuring transparency and presented the Robert Arnold Lake Protection Award to honor an individual for their outstanding lake and watershed protection work. He also named the local student winners of the Governor's Lake Dip-In essay contest.
In 1996, Jerry Pitt, then with the U.S. EPA, was working with a Kansas City urban youth program. When he found out about the Dip-In, he got a local paint manufacturer to donate paint can lids and had the kids paint black and white quadrants on the lids. They then took their disks out to a lake for their first experience in volunteer monitoring.
Andrew McLeod, director of the Rhode Island's Department of Environmental Management, joined volunteers in taking samples in Johnson's Pond for the Dip-In. Susan Baxter, a student at the University of Rhode Island, taught McLeod, who had never done water sampling before, how to use a "Secchi disk test."
How to Attract Media Coverage:
If you would like to have the media cover your event, please see our page dealing with media coverage.
Please feel free to use our sample press release for the Dip-In.
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