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Stream Volunteers Needed!

16 Mar 2013


Want to help protect WNC’s rivers and streams? Become a SMIE Volunteer Stream Monitor!

Join over 100 local volunteers in this long-running, regional effort run by area non-profits. You will learn to sample streams for water quality, and tell the difference between different kinds of aquatic insects and why they are important for healthy rivers and creeks. Adults will be trained in water quality monitoring methods and assessment for use at sites in Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Yancey and Mitchell Counties.

Volunteer monitoring groups can be a focal point for community interaction, promote a sense of stewardship of local waterways, and empower residents to protect the quality of our mountain rivers and streams!

The workshop is open to anyone (ages 17 and up) with any level of experience. Volunteers work in small groups with leaders. Sample a minimum of 2 sites (it only takes 2-3 hours for a group to sample one site), 2 times per year.

Saturday, March 16th, 9am-4pm, at Haywood Community College.

For info or RSVP, contact Gracia O'Neill at (828) 713-4352 or graciaoneill@yahoo.com $10-15 Donation requested (material costs). RSVP required.

More info here: http://www.environmentalqualityinstitute.org/smie-stream-monitoring-information-exchange.php

*SMIE (Stream Monitoring Info. Exchange) is a collaboration of several WNC non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies, coordinated by the Environmental Quality Institute. The SMIE developed a new volunteer stream monitoring protocol that is more advanced than common biological citizen monitoring methods (such as Izaak Walton League), but is still easy to follow for volunteers with no prior experience in stream monitoring.

All of the data collected by volunteer groups is shared with NC DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) to be used as a "red flag" for identifying waterways in need of additional protection. Volunteer monitoring groups are a focal point or community interaction, promote a sense of stewardship of local waterways and empower residents to protect the quality of our mountain rivers and streams!