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Join the RRWA Stream Team and become a part of a community based water quality monitoring program!

Thanks to a grant from the Watershed Institute, the Rahway River Watershed Association will expand our water quality program to include the identification of benthic macroinvertebrates. Why is this important and what do benthic macroinvertebrates have to do with water quality?

The answer lies in the types of environments that these aquatic macroinvertebrates can tolerate. Aquatic ecosystems can vary according to many biological and chemical factors. These factors can act as limitations for certain macroinvertebrates. Factors include the amount of oxygen in the water, water temperature, sediment content, nutrients, as well as toxic metals and chemical levels. Generally, tolerance levels of macroinvertebrates scale from zero to ten, zero being no tolerance and ten being high tolerance to pollution and low amounts of oxygen in the water. Macroinvertebrates that have low tolerance for these factors can serve as indicators because if they have lower survival rates This can indicate high levels of pollution or low levels of dissolved oxygen in their habitat. Learn more in Stream School!

Call Clea at 908-472-6152 to join our Stream Team!

STREAM SCHOOL
Weekend Workshop

Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27
9AM to 5PM BOTH DAYS
(agenda to come)


ESSEX COUNTY TURTLE BACK ZOO
Education Center
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange


Get involved in your community. Monitor water quality in local rivers and lakes. This intensive 2-day workshop will introduce volunteers to water quality monitoring in the Rahway River Watershed. Learn streamside techniques for visual and biological assessments including the identification of benthic macroinvertebrates. Join the Rahway River Watershed Association Stream Team and become part of a community-based monitoring program.

On Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27, Essex County Parks will co-sponsor a free Stream School workshop with the Rahway River Watershed Association and the South Mountain Conservancy to train citizen scientists in assessing the health of the Rahway River. After training, which will include going out to nearby river sites, participants will be able to assess physical conditions and identify macroinvertebrate populations to determine the quality of water and health of the river.

The program will be held at the Turtle Back Zoo’s Education Center, located at 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, from 9am to 5pm each day. The program is free and open to the interested public ages 16 and above who are willing to commit to ongoing involvement with program.

Stream School will be taught by Erin Stretz of the Watershed Institute located in Pennington, NJ and is funded by a grant from the Watershed Institute. It will include a light breakfast and afternoon snack. For more information, contact Clea Carchia, RRWA Executive Director, at cleacarchia@outlook.com.

This is a free workshop, however we ask that you only register if you are serious about attending, joining our volunteer Stream Team, and becoming involved in our water quality monitoring program.

REGISTER AT – https://thewatershed.doubleknot.com/event/stream-school-with-rahway-river-watershed-association/2569917

Use the code SSPARTNER to register for FREE!

This workshop is presented by the Watershed Institute and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Rahway River Watershed Association, South Mountain Conservancy, and Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.