As we come to learn more about the connection we all share with our watershed, the importance of the health of our streams becomes increasingly obvious. Because everything that happens to the land within a watershed eventually ends up in the streams, monitoring the health of streams is a way to assess the health of the entire watershed. This data provides information about the quality of the groundwater and drinking water in an area as well as the ability of the watershed to support wildlife.
Unfortunately, analyzing a single water sample is not a good way to understand or characterize the health of a stream or its watershed. Instead, stream monitoring is usually done over long periods of time (at least one year) in order to capture seasonal changes as well as changes in human intervention over time (such as nutrient inputs from fertilizer and altered stream banks). To help with this effort, Trout Unlimited is looking for volunteers to become Rogue River Citizen Monitors.
Training will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N Monroe St NE. Participants will learn how to collect and identify stream insects and be trained to collect stream temperature and flow. If you would like to participate please contact Nichol De Mol at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-557-6362. Free lunch for all participants!