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EPA to Hold Free Citizen Science Conferences in San Juan, Puerto Rico; September 11 and 12 Workshops to be Held at the University of Puerto Rico’s Piedras Campus

Release Date: 09/04/2014
Contact Information: John Martin, (212) 637-3662,

      (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding day-long workshops on September 11 and 12 at the University of Puerto’s Rio Piedras Campus to share information about ways in which people can get involved in collecting environmental data in their communities. The workshops will bring together EPA experts and Caribbean Science Consortium members to help educate the public about “citizen science.” Citizen science is a form of environmental monitoring that enlists the public in collecting a wide range of environmental data to expand scientific knowledge and literacy.

      “Citizen science is an important, growing field that can provide invaluable information and data on pollution problems in local communities,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. "Residents are the eyes and ears of their communities. By supporting citizen scientists, the EPA is expanding its own scientific base and building partnerships with communities that are working to reduce air and water pollution.”

      Day 1 of the workshops will focus on current science activities in the Caribbean with special attention on the water pollution and public health problems in Cano Martin Pena, and the drinking water of Non-PRASA community drinking water systems. Day 2 of the workshops will focus on citizen science and how communities can seek solutions to environmental and public health issues.

      Topics covered during the two days include:
          Community group success stories
          How to start a citizen science program
          Disadvantaged urban communities
          Overview of the Caribbean Science Consortium and Non-PRASA Workgroup
          Non-PRASA Drinking Water Systems
          Contaminants of emerging concern
      The workshops will provide an opportunity for interaction and information sharing among participants and a highly diverse group of speakers. Space is limited and participants must register in advance at:

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