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What’s “bugging” you in our streams?


In many cases we think bugs are a nuisance, but bugs in a stream can be very useful.  Stream insects are a good measure of water quality.  Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. Stream insects can also be easily identified.

Trout Unlimited National and Michigan Trout Unlimited will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 North Monroe Street in Rockford. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader.  Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites in the Rogue River watershed. You don’t need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.

What will you need?  Please RSVP to Nichol DeMol at ndemol@tu.org or 231-557-6362 if you would like to attend.  Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.  Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions. Children under 16 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.

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Become a Rogue River citizen monitor


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 ndemol@tu.org or 231-557-6362. Free lunch for all participants!

 

 

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