The training will teach residents how to collect valuable information about stream health.

A training session is set in Waunakee for those interested in stream monitoring.

Rock River Coalition (RRC) is recruiting volunteers to assess the health of streams in Dane County and throughout the Rock River basin. Volunteer stream monitors devote a few hours each month (from April to October) to collect information vital to understanding stream health. Stream monitors provide valuable information to assist in identifying healthy stream segments and flagging segments that potentially have water quality concerns. This information will help target local efforts where they are most needed.

Rock River Coalition is hosting outdoor trainings on Saturday, May 1 and Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waunakee Community Center Gazebo, 301 South Division St., Waunakee, WI 53597. The training will be a combination of in classroom and hands-on, feet-in-the-water, look at streams and methods used to assess what affects them. Participants will learn to measure stream flow, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen. They will also learn how to assess stream health by examining aquatic insects. All equipment is provided for the training – just bring a pencil and writing pad, lunch, water, towel, and hip boots or waders (or wear shoes that can be worn in the water).

The training workshops are free, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions the training will be limited to 10 participants per date this year, and all training will occur outdoors.

To register for May 1, 2021:

To register for May 8, 2021:

For more information, contact Addie Schlussel at addie@rockrivercoalition.org, or (215) 262-3366.

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