Capture, Share, Protect, and Restore
Elks Run Watershed is working with SAFE WATERS Harpers Ferry to protect the water supply for Harpers Ferry and Bolivar West Virginia. We have adopted the Water Reporter application to engage the public and stakeholders in this initiative.
What is the Water Reporter?
A mobile app that uses geolocation services to help people like you and me report what is happening in our watershed and on the river! These reports create an interactive mapping platform and build a living record of experiences and conditions. The Water Reporter also allows environmental groups, like the Elks Run Watershed, to track issues and results in the places that we care about most.
Why do we need YOU to use it?
To help Elks Run Watershed identify pollution hot spots, mobilize volunteers, and capture the beauty of the Elks Run Watershed as it travels through Jefferson County, Harpers Ferry and Bolivar on the way to the Potomac River.
What Can You Use it to Do?
Water Reporter is an open, social, and interactive source which allows you to share your local observations with others, view what others are posting, comment on posts and issues, and create connections. Every time you use Water Reporter, you’re interacting with your whole watershed. Users can use the information on Water Reporter to organize stream cleanups, propel citizen science campaigns, and lead restoration efforts in their watersheds.
What to capture:
Beauty shots of the watershed
Best management practices at work
foamy or discolored water
large algae blooms
failing construction sediment barriers
hazardous storage facilities
trash and debris
fish kills or fish with lesions
livestock with direct access to a water course
direct pollution or chemical spills
straight pipes or failing septic systems