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#CrowdCloudLIVE After each episode's WORLD premiere in April, show host, producer, and people seen on the show participated in post-premiere roundtable discussions. Viewers like you listened in, asked questions, and were able to dive deeper into the power of Citizen Science.

Watch the recorded Facebook Live events now. Discover more about how Citizen Science is revolutionizing the ways we gather, analyze, and utilize the data that fuels scientific research, discovery, and community action.

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Air Quality

In Episode 2, The Crowd & The Cloud meets citizens passionate about preserving air quality. Scroll down to learn more about the people and projects featured in this segment.

Bucket Brigade
FEATURED PROJECT
GOAL:

Monitor air quality around fracking developments and other industrial sites with low cost tools.

The Bucket Brigade empowers community members to monitor the air quality in their own community. The “Bucket” was first used in the Contra Costa County case against UNOCAL oil refinery, with famous environmental lawyer, Erin Brockovich and attorney Ed Masry. It’s a low cost canister designed by an environmental engineer to take air samples, where standard monitoring fails. Ed Masry worked closely with Denny Larson who promoted the use of this citizen science tool through a community air sampling program, which became known as the “Bucket Brigade.” Denny also formed the Global Community Monitor to train people to launch their own Bucket Brigades across America and throughout the world. These groups give communities living near refineries, chemical plants or other toxic emitting sources, such as fracking sites, the ability to monitor pollution with hard evidence. As noted in C&C program 2, the federal EPA has stated that Bucket Brigade techniques can play a useful role where government sensors are lacking. Bucket Brigades have proven to be effective in forcing some polluters to be accountable for their emissions. Be sure to check out their iWitness Pollution Map app to report your observations of pollution near you.

http://www.labucketbrigade.org/

Additional Resources

Global Community Monitor

https://www.facebook.com/gcmonitor/

Warning Signs Report

Toxic air pollution identified at oil and gas development sites.

http://comingcleaninc.org/assets/media/images/Reports/Warning%20Signs%20...

Environmental Health: Air Quality Article

Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study.

https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-069X-13-82

Public Justice: Wyoming Censorship Laws

Lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of making it illegal for citizens to collect data about the state’s natural resources, and to make it available to the government.

http://www.publicjustice.net/public-justice-challenging-constitutionalit...

EarthJustice

Resource for fracking overview and legal rights.

http://earthjustice.org/

Earthworks

Resource for fracking overview and legal rights.

https://www.earthworksaction.org/

Environmental Health Project

PA organization that has worked with communities on health and air monitoring.

http://www.environmentalhealthproject.org/

Monitoring Water Quality In Areas of Oil and Natural Gas Development:

A guide for well water users.

http://cwerc.colorado.edu/docs/cwerc_wellwater_monitoring_guide.pdf