The Long Island Water Sentinels work in partnership with the sSelf program* to gather baseline data of the local water quality. Water quality data is essential to understanding the problems that face our waterways.
The testers become stewards of the waterways, available to report spills, fish die offs, and other warning signs. The towns do not have the manpower, the money or the time to do all the testing needed. This is ecosystem based management at its best: the residents collect local information to properly inform local decisions.
The goal of the Long Island Water Sentinels program is to compile baseline water quality data for both the North and South Shores of Long Island. Long Island Water Sentinels train and equip adult, teacher, and student volunteers to do water testing in the field.* All volunteers work in teams, ensuring reliable and accurate data. Data is added to a spreadsheet that is available online.
Locations of Water Sentinels (green) and sSELF (blue) Water Quality Test Sites
Long Island Water Sentinels Test Sites