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July 19, 2002

Stream monitoring workshops to be held in Battle Ground

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Hoosier Riverwatch will conduct two volunteer stream monitoring workshops July 24 and 31 at the Museums at Prophetstown in Battle Ground, Ind.

Sponsored by Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil Conservation, Hoosier Riverwatch is a statewide education program that focuses on local river and stream stewardship.

"The training is for anyone interested in learning about water quality and gaining hands-on experience in monitoring rivers and streams," according to Lyn Hartman, Hoosier Riverwatch coordinator.

People interested in the environment, especially local educators, are invited to attend the workshops.

"The volunteer stream monitoring program fits easily into elementary, middle and high school classes, including biology, chemistry, math, language arts, and social studies," said Hartman.

A Level 1 training workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will provide general education in water quality issues and introductory-level training in monitoring the health of rivers and streams through physical, chemical, and biological testing. After completion of this training, volunteers can perform stream testing, submit data to the statewide volunteer stream monitoring database, and teach students how to monitor.

The Level 2 training workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will cover advanced water quality monitoring techniques, including quality assurance procedures and skills testing. Level 2 certification is only available to those who have completed a full-day Level 1 introductory workshop.

For reservations and directions, contact Angie Tilton at the Tippecanoe County Soil Water Conservation District, at angela-tilton@iaswcd.org or 765/448-1805. Training is free, but class sizes are limited to 10 participants for Level 1, and 6 participants for Level 2.

CONTACT: Lyn Hartman, (317) 541-0617, lhartman@dnr.state.in.us.

Writer: Andrea Campbell, (765) 494-8402, news_students@aes.purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

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