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July 19, 2002

Stream monitoring workshops to be held in Richmond

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Hoosier Riverwatch will conduct two volunteer stream monitoring workshops Wednesday and Thursday (7/24 and 7/25) in Richmond, 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," said 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," Hartman said.

A Level 1 training workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday (7/24). 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 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday (7/25), 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 Amy Durham-Fankhauser at the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, (765) 966-8219 Ext. 110, Training is free, but class sizes are limited to 24 participants for Level 1 and 16 participants for Level 2.

CONTACT: Lyn Hartman, (317) 541-0617,

Writer: Andrea Campbell, (765) 494-8402,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,;

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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