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

Volunteer stream monitoring workshop October 16 at Pokagon State Park

The old song calls for us to go "down by the riverside" and this year more Hoosiers will be heeding that message. Hoosier Riverwatch, a DNR/Purdue University sponsored education program, are continuing to hold workshops around the state.

The final volunteer stream monitoring workshop of 2003 will be held at Pokagon State Park on October 16. The training is free, but class size is limited to 12 participants. Persons interested in participating must make a prior reservation.

"Education is an important mission of the DNR," said John Goss, DNR director. "These local stream monitor volunteers will take home knowledge and a commitment that they will pass on to others who will, in turn, bring more people into the circle of those committed to protecting and improving our resources. When we accomplish widening that circle we are successful."

A level one training workshop will be held Thursday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will provide general education in water quality issues and introductory-level training in monitoring the health of rivers and streams through physical, chemical, and biological testing. After completion of this training, volunteers can perform stream testing, submit data to the statewide volunteer stream-monitoring database (www.HoosierRiverwatch.com), and teach students how to monitor.

The Riverwatch training also is being offered as a pre-conference workshop for persons attending the Environmental Education of Indiana conference October 17-19, 2003, at Pokagon State Park. For more information about the EEAI conference, visit www.eeai.org.

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. To date, approximately 3000 people have participated in the program.

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

"The volunteer stream monitoring program fits easily into elementary, middle and high school classes, including biology, chemistry, math, language arts, and social studies," Hartman said.

For reservations, contact Marie Collins at the IDNR’s Natural Resources Education Center at nrec@dnr.state.in.us or 317/562-1338.

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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