- The 2010 Golden Meter Award
Over 300 volunteers in the Homer-area have been trained as water quality monitors through Inletkeeper's Citizens' Environmental Monitoring Program. Our volunteers learned detailed water quality monitoring methods (see more on the nuts and bolts of CEMP) during a 3-day training. Once certified, they headed into the field up to 16 times per year to measure a suite of chemical parameters at local streams, documenting baseline conditions for the future. Some of our volunteers had a background in science, and for others this was their first foray into scientific sampling. As a group, the CEMP monitors are the heart of baseline monitoring and provided our communities with invaluable data. In July each year we celebrate and thank our volunteers with a party in Homer at Bishop's Beach, with music, food, and prizes. We've been holding the Splash Bash celebration since 1997, and even now that we've stopped active monitoring, we look forward to it every year.
CEMP Volunteers In Action!