Training: Become a Baykeeper Volunteer Pollution Investigator
Help Baykeeper find out which industrial facilities are polluting San Francisco Bay by volunteering as a Baykeeper 2013 Pollution Investigator.
Volunteer Pollution Investigators are a key part of Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry campaign. We’re working to rein in a major source of pollution in San Francisco Bay—contaminated storm water that runs off into the Bay from the region’s industrial facilities.
Baykeeper is making steady progress at getting this pollution of the Bay cleaned up. We have now won legally-binding agreements requiring ten highly polluting industrial facilities to install controls to protect the Bay from heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Evidence gathered by last year’s volunteers helped win two of these victories, and provided valuable information on a dozen more industrial polluters.
Baykeeper seeks volunteers who are able to investigate in dry weather and collect water samples when it’s raining at Bay Area industrial facilities.
This year, our new online tool makes it easier for our volunteers to learn about the facilities in their area and select facilities to investigate. Real-time radar will show when facilities are about to be hit by rain.
We ask volunteers who attended last year’s training to attend a training session again this year. You’ll get an introduction to our online tool, a refresher on site inspections and water sampling, and a chance to meet new volunteers. We’d also like you to share lessons learned from last year’s investigations. And we encourage new volunteers to sign up, too.
Volunteer Pollution Investigator Job Details
Phase 1 – Dry Season Advance Survey: During August, visit at least one Bay Area industrial facility. Take photos and write down observations of potential pollution sources, storm water sampling locations, and the facility’s perimeter. Send your photos and observations to Baykeeper.
Phase 2 – Wet Weather Sampling: Visit at least one Bay Area industrial facility during a significant rain storm. Collect storm water discharge samples from around the facility’s perimeter.
Teams and Training: Volunteers will work in teams of two or more and use our online tool to select industrial facilities for advance survey and water sampling. All 2013 Volunteer Pollution Investigators must attend a training session, even if they were part of last year’s team.
Qualifications: Over 18. Able to attend a 90-minute training and commit to up to 10 hours of volunteer work spread over several months. Flexible schedule with ability to respond when rain is forecast. Comfortable being outdoors in rainy weather. Access to a camera helpful, but not required. Access to a car or other vehicle helpful, but not required. If you will use your vehicle during your volunteer work, please bring verification of your auto insurance to your training session.
2013 Training Sessions
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 AM – 12 Noon
Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
Tuesday, July 30, 5:30 – 7 PM
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94555
Help make San Francisco Bay cleaner and healthier. Sign up below for a free Baykeeper Volunteer Pollution Investigator training session.
For more information, email or call Jason Flanders.
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