Strategy RC7.1: Develop a "citizen scientist" program to collect local natural resource data.
There are over 7,000 miles of mapped streams in the GroWNC region. State and federal water resource monitoring and species survey efforts provide valuable information about the health of aquatic ecosystems. Limited funding, however, results in local knowledge gaps. Citizen scientist monitoring programs provide a way to engage residents and fill gaps in existing programs. There is an ongoing program in the study area that could be expanded. Currently, two dozen sites in Haywood, Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, and Mitchell counties are monitored by volunteers.