What I want to do or know
Folks have been really interested in monitoring water quality visually -- through photos or direct visual observing. @liz and @mathew posted some resources on Smoke School (#smoke-school):
Mathew: Is visual observation effective means of reporting air pollution to the EPA? have their been successes using the EPA visual assessment standards? @gretchengehrke found a 1993 EPA guide to visual assessment of emissions: http://www3.epa.gov/ttnemc01/methods/VEFieldManual.pdf and a quick one-pager on stop-watch based fugitive emissions reporting: http://www3.epa.gov/airtoxics/6x/method22qa.pdf
Liz: have you ever heard of Smoke School? It's training that observers can get that the EPA will respond to: http://smokeschoolinc.com/
I believe that's called Method 9 (and related methods).
I'm curious (reposting this note from the water quality list) -- is there any equivalent method for people to visually observe and report water quality issues, like visible contamination or plumes, to the EPA?
@pdhixenbaugh mentioned some on that thread -- would you mind adding those in here as a resource? Thanks!