News Release 095

Department of Natural Resources to host series of volunteer water quality monitoring workshops

Volume 38-095 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 4, 2010— Missourians interested in monitoring water quality in the state's rivers and streams will have the opportunity to learn how at a series of training workshops to be held throughout the state, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The workshops begin March 12 at Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County and will continue at sites throughout the state through late May.

Introduction to Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring is the entry level of monitoring. This eight-hour workshop includes training for watershed mapping, site selection, stream discharge and biological monitoring for stream macroinvertebrates.

The primary emphasis is education about watersheds and biological monitoring. Although most of the workshop is conducted in a classroom, a midday field trip to a nearby stream provides a hands-on demonstration of how to conduct stream discharge, as well as how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates.

The Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program training is required for those who wish to submit data on water quality through the Missouri Stream Team program.

Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring is one of the many activities sponsored by the Stream Team program and the only activity that requires training. The Stream Team program is a joint venture of the Missouri departments of Natural Resources and Conservation, as well as the Conservation Federation of Missouri. Additional information on Stream Teams is available on line at mostreamteam.org.

In addition to the Fort Leonard Wood training date, training workshops will be held in Jackson on March 13; Lebanon on March 26; Camdenton on April 10; Macon on May 15; St. Joseph on May 22; and West Plains on May 22. Information on specific locations in each community will be available with registration. All workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and end between 4-5 p.m.

Participants who complete the workshop will receive the equipment necessary to conduct the biological monitoring. Workshop registration is available online at mostreamteam.org/online_intro.htm or by calling or Priscilla Stotts at 573-526-3406 or by emailing at priscilla.stotts@dnr.mo.gov.

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