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Contact: Lyn Crighton or Jan Hosier
Phone: 317/541-0617
Email: dnrnews@dnr.state.in.us

DNR to hold advanced volunteer water monitoring workshops in Goshen and Winamac

Whether itís a babbling brook, a winding river or a trout-filled stream, Hoosier waterways are important to our daily lives. They provide drinking water, water for industry and are an important source of recreation in Indiana. Their health is important to us all.

Hoosier Riverwatch, a DNR/Purdue University sponsored water quality education program, will sponsor new advanced water quality workshops in September and October. The workshop topics will include E. coli bacteria monitoring, fish identification, aquatic invasive species and aquatic endangered species.

The workshops will be in Goshen on September 27 and at Tippecanoe River State Park in Winamac on October 4. The training is free, but class size is limited to 30 participants. Persons interested in participating must make a prior reservation.

Although any interested adult may participate in the training, the advanced water monitoring workshops are designed for citizens who have previously attended Hoosier Riverwatch level 1 volunteer stream monitoring training.

The first advanced workshop will take place in Goshen on Saturday, September 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop begins at Micrology Laboratories, where the staff will provide training in testing E. coli bacteria levels in rivers and streams through inexpensive simple methods. The afternoon will be spent with Joe Foy, City of Elkhart Aquatic Biologist, at a park in Goshen learning and practicing fish identification methods.

The second advanced workshop will take place at Tippecanoe River State Park near Winamac on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to learn about Indianaís aquatic invasive species and aquatic endangered species, including mussels.

Free Level 1 training is available in Goshen on September 25, and in Brook (Newton County) on October 2. Persons interested in the preliminary workshop should contact Lyn Crighton or Jan Hosier, Hoosier Riverwatch, at 317/541-0617 or riverinfo@dnr.state.in.us.

"For reservations and directions for the September 27th E. coli and fish identification workshop in Goshen, call Nancy Brown at the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District at 574/533-4383 ext.3.

For reservations and directions for the October 4th aquatic invasive and endangered species workshop at Tippecanoe River State Park, call Pam Leman at the Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation District at 574/946-3243 ext.130.

Hoosier Riverwatch, jointly sponsored by Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, through its division of soil conservation, is a statewide education program that focuses on local river and stream stewardship. People interested in learning more about the Riverwatch program can point their Web browsers to www.in.gov/dnr/soilcons/riverwatch.

 

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