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Hoosier Riverwatch to present volunteer stream monitoring workshop Sept. 30 in Elkhar

Discussion in 'Indiana Outdoor News' started by Steve, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Steve

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    [size=-1] Clean, abundant water is a valuable resource for all Hoosiers. Whether as a source for drinking water, water for business and industry or for recreation, it is irreplaceable. And again this year, a number of Hoosiers will become trained to help monitor this precious resource.

    Hoosier Riverwatch, a Department of Natural Resources education program, will host a series of workshops around the state to train people to monitor local streams and rivers.

    The next volunteer stream monitoring workshop will be held at the Elkhart Conservation Club on September 30. The training is free, but class size is limited. Persons interested in participating must make a prior reservation.

    "By learning the basics of stream monitoring, participants can launch a lifelong passion that not only benefits the environment, but also can be personally fulfilling," said Kyle Hupfer, DNR director. "If we're to protect this crucial natural resource into the future, we need to foster an understanding and appreciation for conservation that will sustain us for generations to come."

    The water quality monitoring training workshop will be held Saturday, September 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The workshop will provide general education in water quality issues and hands-on training in monitoring the health of rivers and streams through physical, chemical, and biological testing.

    After completion of the training, volunteers can perform stream testing for a wide variety of possible pollutants. They then submit their data to a statewide volunteer monitoring database that makes the information available to anyone.

    "The training is for anyone interested in learning about water quality and gaining hands-on experience in monitoring rivers and streams," said to Lyn Crighton, Hoosier Riverwatch coordinator. "People interested in the environment, especially educators, are invited to attend."

    Hoosier Riverwatch, sponsored by the DNR, through its division of fish and wildlife, is a statewide education program that focuses on local river and stream stewardship. To date, nearly 4,500 people have participated in the program. Check out to find water quality data collected by volunteers who have completed the program and to discover where monitoring has taken place.

    "The Riverwatch monitoring program fits easily into elementary, middle and high school classes, including biology, chemistry, math, language arts, and social studies," Crighton said. The program has been correlated to Indiana state standards for science at both the middle school and high school levels. Teachers can obtain 3 Certification Renewal Units for attendance.

    For reservations, specific location and directions, contact Nancy Brown at the Elkhart Soil and Water Conservation District at or (574) 533-3630 ext. 3.

  2. Great program! I was involved in it when I taught science at Lewis Cass High School. We set up a monitoring program on the Eel river north of Logansport. Get involved!

  3. This sounds like a great program. While I had to pay Purdue University to learn about monitoring for Pollutants and get a degree in Environmental Science I am glad that this program is training people to actually monitor the IN steams for pollutants.

    The more people that know how to monitor for pollution the better.

    We can use all the monitors we can get these days. It's easier to manage the streams and rivers if we have better data on what's going on with them.

    One of the best times I had in College was when my Bionucleonics 400 Level Class went out one Saturday Morning to sample Wildcat Creek around Lafayette, IN. The entire class had a great time that day.

    I would encourage anyone that hunts or fishes to try to attend one of these classes. Our wildlife just like we humans depend on clean water resources.

    Wildlife can be a good indicator species to tell us if the water is OK or not. Frogs are very sensitive to water pollution as their skin readily absorbs chemicals from the water they live in. So it's a good thing to hear lots of frogs in an area. As long as the frogs are singing then that's a good sign. Silence in springtime may mean that the frogs have died. The entire environmental movement came alive after Rachael Carlson wrote the book Silent Spring. She was a woman ahead of her time. She understood nature and what man was doing at a time when few others paid much attention to what was going on around them.