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The original item was published from May 30, 2017 1:21 PM to August 28, 2023 11:45 AM
Looking for an opportunity to engage in your local watershed? What to participate in citizen science? Or simply want to spend time outdoors? Volunteer stream monitoring might be for you!
Volunteer stream monitors play a key role in stream stewardship by raising awareness of pollution problems and providing water quality data the community can use to protect local streams. At this workshop you'll:
• Learn how to collect and record water quality data on streams. • Help Pierce Conservation District monitor one of many streams throughout Pierce County.
• Watch our streams for changes that threaten natural stream function.
• Make a difference in your environment and community. Our next stream monitor training is being held on Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Register Here. Macroinvertebrate Sampling Benthic macroinvertebrates (bottomdwelling
organisms including aquatic
insects, crayfish, clams, snails, and worms) are another type of water quality measurement. While water quality sampling provides us with a “snapshot” view of the health of the stream; macroinvertebrates give us a longer view of stream health. The types and numbers of macroinvertebrates present are affected by periodic episodes of poor water quality or by ongoing poor water quality.
During the summer, we collect aquatic organisms from selected streams which are sent to a lab to be identified and counted. This is a fun opportunity to learn more about the health of our streams and get outside! For more info, contact Belinda at: BelindaP@piercecd.org.
Summer Monitoring Schedules
Tag(s): Water Quality, Volunteer Monitors, training, stream team, macro invertebrates