Real People Make House-Calls: Wilma Cowden
Wilma runs a mobile monitoring program in Washington
County. Simply put, Wilma drives through her community with
scientific equipment in the back of her minivan, conducting
tests on the
health of various waterways.
When first on the move, Wilma took samples from just three
sites. Now, through a recently received grant and other help
from DEP, she keeps tabs on as many as 20 sites. Her mobile
monitoring is making a difference, not only by identifying
areas that need help, but also documenting the positive impact
of all the cleanup efforts in Washington County.
Being on the road can be grueling, but Wilma knows that the
health of our rivers and streams is important both
for wildlife and for our own drinking water. With this in
mind, Wilma is determined in her desire to create a healthier
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