SRAP Water Rangers FAQ
What steps do I follow to become a SRAP Water Ranger?
Becoming a Water Ranger is easy. If you are an existing SRAP client, let your coordinator contact know that you’re interested in hosting a Water Ranger training in your community. We will work with you to find a time that makes the most sense for our experts to travel to you and give you a free training. If we haven’t worked with you yet, please contact us here, so we can begin helping you with your neighboring factory farm.
Does SRAP Water Ranger training cost my community anything?
No. As long as you meet the criteria to have us host an SRAP Water Ranger training session in your community, our training is completely free of charge. However, we are a nonprofit that works off of contributions from those who appreciate and use our expertise and services. So, we will never turn down a donation to help offset some of our costs.
Can I become a SRAP Water Ranger even if I haven’t organized my community?
With few exceptions, we provide our services only to citizens who have taken the steps to organize in their communities. In order to qualify for SRAP services, we require that citizens are already organized, or are willing to organize in their impacted community. If you need help organizing, please contact us so we can assist you.
Do I need to have a science background to become a Water Ranger?
No. The SRAP Water Rangers program is for people of all educational and interest backgrounds. Having a science background will certainly help, but our program is designed so that anyone and everyone can get up to speed and become an effective citizen-scientist. All you need is a willingness to learn — and be alright with getting a little wet and dirty.
Is it illegal for me to test water that might be contaminated by factory farm pollution?
No. Taking water samples from a public right-of-way is not illegal. As an SRAP Water Ranger, we will do whatever we can to ensure that you have all the information you need to make good decisions when it comes to testing your local waterway. Should you ever have any concerns about what is and isn’t legal in your state, you should never hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts. SRAP has been doing this work for a long time and can definitely help smooth any issues or concerns about doing the work of a Water Ranger.
What contaminants will I be testing for?
There is no one answer for this; the characteristics of the upstream CAFO will determine what contaminants you test for. However, you can expect that you will be looking for nitrate, ammonia and phosphorus, as well as dissolved oxygen and E.coli.