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WNC Stream Volunteers Needed!

29 Mar 2014

Saturday, March 29th
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. Get trained in water quality monitoring methods and assessment for collaborative projects in Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Yancey and Mitchell Counties.

Workshop is open to anyone (ages 17 and up) with any level of experience. Once trained, volunteers work in small groups with leaders. Sample a minimum of 2 sites, 2 times per year (about 10 hrs per year).

Training Workshop on Saturday, March 29th, 9am-4pm, at UNC-Asheville and nearby creek.

For info or RSVP, contact Gracia O'Neill at (828) 713-4352 or $10-20 Donation requested (material costs). RSVP required.

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. More info here:

*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.