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Stream of Consciousness

About This Journal

The first issues of the ALLARM newsletter, originally called the ALLARM Bulletin, were published in 1987, and explored topics from the designation of our local streams and how to be more proactive on a policy level, to the acid rain monitoring workshops hosted by ALLARM. In 1988, ALLARM students Jane Scott and Clark Meader created a considerably larger publication which corresponded with significant growth in ALLARM activities. Since then, all articles have been written by Watershed Coordinators, providing professional writing opportunities to student staff.

Stream of Consciousness has become a yearly staple of ALLARM, with article topics including student research, environmental policy changes, ALLARM program updates, and volunteer group profiles. The publication aims to provide volunteers, Dickinson alumni, partner organizations and community stakeholders with updates on ALLARM’s project areas, research projects conducted by the organization, and the changing state of aquatic resources and environmental policies. In 1997, the descendants of Charles Merrill Kurtz, a 1907 graduate of Dickinson College, gave ALLARM a $100,000 endowment fund in his memory. The interest from this endowment is used to fund the printing and distribution of Stream of Consciousness.

ALLARM was founded in 1986 at Dickinson College as the Alliance for Acid Rain Monitoring by Professor Candie Wilderman. In 1996, ALLARM expanded its focus to become the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, reflecting more diverse community projects and support. Today, ALLARM envisions people who are empowered through science education to participate in decision making about water resources in their local community.

ALLARM empowers communities to use science as a tool to investigate the health of their streams and use the data they generate for aquatic protection and restoration efforts. ALLARM achieves its mission by providing volunteers with programmatic and technical support, and providing an enhanced educational experience for Dickinson students to learn fundamental environmental, community engagement, science education, and non-profit skills.

Historic Letort Monitoring
In 1996, ALLARM conducted its first volunteer stream monitoring workshop with the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association.