This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America.
Have your early experiences with the outdoors had an impact on your life? Do you participate in citizen science projects?
Aquatic Ecologist Moriyah Rufer grew-up on Leech Lake in Northern Minnesota, and her outdoor experiences as a child led her to a career in biology. In this story, originally gathered for the We Are Water MN project from the Minnesota Humanities Center, Moriyah talks about working with citizen water quality monitors, and how the involvement of these volunteers in watching the changes in local water leads to a more informed and engaged community.