An ALLARM student employee helps volunteers understand the meter.

In 1996, ALLARM made a pivotal change to the scope of its work.  In response to communities’ requests, ALLARM shifted its focus to providing volunteer monitoring groups with the knowledge, tools, and resources to answer their questions about the health of their local waterways.  It is ALLARM’s philosophy that communities have complete ownership over their water quality assessments.  ALLARM believes that the best science education occurs by mentoring volunteers at every step of the scientific process; including study design, sample collection and analysis, and data interpretation.