The Northwest Indiana Partnership for Clean Water will be hosting two Hoosier Riverwatch workshops this fall in the region. Hoosier Riverwatch is a statewide volunteer stream monitoring program coordinated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The mission of Hoosier Riverwatch is to involve the public in becoming active stewards of our rivers and streams through watershed education and monitoring.
During these workshops volunteers will gain hands-on experience in evaluating water chemistry, habitat and aquatic macroinvertebrates to help measure a stream’s health. Volunteers will also learn how land use can impact water quality and how to submit their monitoring information to the on-line Hoosier Riverwatch database. Upon completing the workshop, volunteers are eligible to borrow “loaner trunks” from various locations throughout the state. These trunks contain the same supplies they learned to use during the workshop.
“In addition to these workshops, we will be working with a number of local communities to establish a network of volunteer stream monitoring sites” said Joe Exl, Senior Water Resource Planner with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. “Where to monitor is one of the most common questions I receive as a volunteer instructor.” With recent enhancements to the Hoosier Riverwatch database, including an interactive mapping feature and data explorer tools, volunteers and the general public can see what sites or information is available for nearby streams. “I think the network will probably start with just a handful of sites at first but will eventually grow over time.”
Workshop Dates & Locations
• Thursday, October 3rd from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (CST) at the Hobart Community Center (111 E. Old Ridge Rd., Hobart)
• Friday, October 18th from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (CST) at the Plum Creek Center in Elmer Miller Park (222 Schulte St., Dyer)
There is no cost to attend the workshops, but registration is required. Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch. Those wanting to get in the stream should bring along waders or old closed-toe tennis shoes. To register for one of these workshops please contact Joe Exl via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 219-763-6060 x137. Must be at least 18 years of age.