Help Improve Water Quality in The Last Green Valley

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Help Improve Water Quality in The Last Green Valley

Join The Last Green Valley’s Water Quality Monitoring team and become a citizen scientist. Jean Pillo, Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator for TLGV, is hosting a training on Riffle Bioassessment Water Quality Monitoring.

Hundreds of water quality monitoring volunteers work throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor to gauge the health of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Their work has resulted in numerous direct actions to improve water quality in the region. Riffle bioassessments are a way to document good water quality in small streams. Volunteers collect bugs that live part of their lifecycle underwater and act like the “canary in a coal mine,” indicating whether the stream meets fish habitat standards.

Training will take place in two parts. On Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm a mandatory online presentation explaining the program will be given via Zoom. Following the online presentation, several hands on in-person field training sessions in small groups will be scheduled on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Volunteers will be scheduled for one of the in-person trainings in Brooklyn, CT. Registration will be required, and details of the trainings will be shared once registered.

All training will be provided free of charge and no experience is necessary. After the initial training, volunteers will be paired up with experienced team leaders and assigned streams to assess. A typical monitoring event takes about 2 -3 hours. Volunteers are encouraged to monitor more than one stream during the September – November program period if they can.

Registration is required. To learn more, or to reserve your spot at the training, email Pillo at Jean.Pillo@Comcast.net by Sept. 3

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