Posted by: norstarnewengland | June 29, 2009

Introduction to some of the Organizations Referenced

As I prepare to announce this site, I wanted to introduce some of the organizations that I am active with.

Natural Science and Environmental Organizations

The Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) “About Us” page describes the organization pretty well and has a list of the major projects they currently have. In general, the organization was formed in 1965 as people were concerned about the quality of the river. From 1965 to the present, the water quality has significantly improved to the point where many areas are swimmable again. I am regularly involved in their monthly water sampling program which samples bacteria and nutrient levels, which helps the organization determine hot spots to concentrate on.

The Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) oversees the ecosystem and water use in the Neponset River Valley, which lies primarily in Norfolk County. They conduct environmental monitoring, education and outreach, cleanup and preservation, and advocacy. I also do periodic water sampling as well as several other projects over the years.

Massachusetts Audubon Society
is the first of the Audubon organizations, though it is not affiliated with the national Audubon Society. This organization has a three pronged approach that includes preservation of habitats within Massachusetts, educate people about birds and habitats, and advocate for the environment at the state legislature. I volunteer at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon in a variety of ways.

Blue Hill Observatory is an active weather observatory on top of Blue Hill near Boston. It is where the oldest continuous weather observation record at one location is kept. I volunteer at their open houses and attend other events that they may hold. Games

Geocaching – From their website: “Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache‚Äôs existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.”

Benchmarking – Is a search for surveying monuments places throughout the United States of America. It is based on a database kept by the National Geodetic Survey. Once a person finds a listed survey mark, that person logs the ‘find’ on the website. A GPS unit is very helpful, but not always needed.

Waymarking – Is a scavenger hunt where you log locations that meet a category’s requirements. From the web site: “Waymarking is a way to mark unique locations on the planet and give them a voice. While GPS technology allows us to pinpoint any location on the planet, mark the location, and share it with others, Waymarking is the toolset for categorizing and adding unique information for that location.”


Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) is a historical professional society that concentrates on the study of industry and how it developed.



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