|ODNR seeks volunteers for stream monitoring|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Friday, 24 May 2013 09:22|
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is seeking volunteers to conduct stream quality monitoring (SQM) on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers for the Ohio Scenic Rivers program.
All community residents who are interested in helping to monitor stream quality are invited to attend workshops. During these workshops, volunteers will be trained to sample the water quality by learning to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) that live in the rivers. The type, number and diversity of these aquatic macro-invertebrates are indicators of water quality. The data that these volunteer monitors collect is published in an online annual report.
Each year, volunteers assist with the collection of small aquatic organisms to determine their type, distribution and abundance in designated portions of Ohio's scenic rivers. The organisms are then returned to the water, and the data collected is used to help determine the health of that portion of a stream. Much of this SQM effort is supported by local volunteers. Reports from previous years can be viewed on the ODNR website at: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/sqm/.
The SQM workshop provides interested volunteers with free training covering how to check for changes in water quality and aquatic habitat as well as learning about the aquatic inhabitants found in our state's scenic rivers. Training includes learning how to fill out and submit report forms as well as more information about Ohio's scenic rivers. Interested participants are asked to pre-register and attend a SQM training workshop. Participants should wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes as this activity involves wading in very shallow portions of streams.
SQM workshop locationsfor the Maumee River are at Farnsworth Park, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.; and at Otsego Park, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon.
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