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Become a Water Reporter

The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Water Reporter is an app created for citizen scientists to share their valuable findings with local experts.

The Water Reporter App

Share your Citizen Science through the Water Reporter App! Available in the App Store and Google Play.

View posts by our Water Reporters in the map below, and scroll beyond to see instructions for downloading and activating your Water Reporter App account.

Download the Water Reporter App to your smart phone or tablet. The app is free!

Sign-up for an account.

 Join our organization during the on-boarding process. Search for Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. You should see our name and logo.

When you’re outside, especially near a waterway, take a picture and create a post in Water Reporter.

What should you take photos of? Here are a few suggestions. You can also use the #hashtags listed.
Did you see some wildlife creatures? #wildlife
There is plastic trash and debris near the waterway. #plasticpollution
The water color is different than usual. #waterquality
A non-native plant species or animal is in or near a waterway. #invasivespecies
The shoreline of the waterway is hardened with rocks, steel or other manmade material. #HardenedShoreline
The shoreline of the waterway has a gentle slope and lots of plantlife. #LivingShoreline
How does the community use this waterway? Do people swim, paddle, boat, fish or enjoy the view? #Recreation
There is a Combined Sewer Overflow or a sign that indicates an outfall pipe. #wnyCSO
The bank of the waterway is falling away into the water. #Erosion
There is an expansive growth of green algae or a possible Harmful Algal Bloom #AlgaeBloom

Tag bnwaterkeeper in your post and select the location your photo was taken.

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