Hoosier Riverwatch Workshop teaches citizens to monitor stream health

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council and the Tri-State Watershed Alliance will hold a free Hoosier Riverwatch basic training workshop at Metea County Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., Fort Wayne, IN) on June 15, 2019, 8:30 – 4:30.

Do you wonder about the quality of water in a stream near you? Would you like to build your confidence as a volunteer monitor and become a real-life citizen scientist? Any citizen or educator, 18 years of age or older can attend this workshop and learn to monitor stream health by assessing habitat, biology and chemistry.

This basic training workshop will:

Introduce citizens and educators to the basic concepts of watersheds, water pollution, and the ecological integrity of streams.

Include indoor classroom sessions and outdoor fieldwork.

Provide hands-on training on how to monitor these components of wadeable streams:

Physical – Habitat and flow

Chemical – Oxygen, pH, and nutrients

Biological – Benthic macroinvertebrates (the bugs)

Participants will receive a printed training manual, a certification card, and access to the Hoosier Riverwatch online database so they can enter water quality data. They also will become eligible to use Hoosier Riverwatch monitoring equipment, teach Hoosier Riverwatch monitoring techniques to others, and take advantage of advanced training workshops.

The Hoosier Riverwatch Trainer will be Sharon Partridge. She is a local Stormwater Specialist with 27 years of experience studying and protecting water quality. She is presenting on behalf of the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council and the Tri-State Watershed Alliance. The workshop is supported by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to the NIRCC.

To attend, register by June 7, 2019, by contacting Sharon Partridge at: [email protected] or 260-755-8111