PADUCAH, Ky. (4/18/13) – Four Rivers Watershed Watch is seeking individuals interested in helping with stream quality surveys on streams, rivers, and lakes throughout the region. West Kentucky Community and Technical College will be a project site on Saturday, April 27, in Waller Hall 203.
Watershed Watch encourages all individuals to know about their waterways since the condition of our streams and rivers is an indicator of the health of our water and communities, project officials said. Volunteers will receive free training necessary to scientifically explore the water quality of their neighborhoods
Volunteers are needed in the following counties:
Kentucky Counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Simpson, Trigg, and Todd
Tennessee Counties: Montgomery and Robertson
Interested individuals will need to attend a training workshop to participate in the project. Volunteers will be trained in conducting biological and chemical tests on water quality and will help in collecting samples for laboratory analysis. All materials required for the study will be provided.
The workshop will be divided into two phases. Phase I training sessions will include team and site selection, an introduction to the program, grab sampling techniques and water chemistry techniques. Phase II training sessions will focus on how to conduct biology and habitat assessments.
“As a trainer, the most fun part of the training is showing folks the organisms living in their streams,” said Bobby Lee, WKCTC biology professor. “Volunteers determine their level of participation in Watershed Watch – the labs and coordinators do much of the work, but it is the volunteers that are necessary to sample a wide range of streams in our area. Without them, we have no program.”
The following training sessions have been scheduled for community members interested in participating. At each location, Phase I training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Phase II training will be held from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Participants only need to attend one workshop.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY
Waller Hall, room 203
Saturday, APRIL 27
Murray State University
KY-IT Building, room 229
Saturday, June 1