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RRWA Water Quality Monitoring Program – 2020/2021

STREAM SCHOOL 2021

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The April 2021 Stream School Program will train volunteers to monitor water quality in the Rahway River Watershed. Learn stream-side 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 water quality monitoring program.

FEATURING "BLENDED" VIRTUAL AND FIELD TRAINING SESSIONS

Join us for an intensive multi-day Stream School workshop to prepare yourself for volunteer water quality monitoring work in New Jersey! After a virtual introduction to stream and watershed ecology, participants will go streamside to learn techniques for visual habitat assessments, physical monitoring, and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling. Benthic macroinvertebrates, or small organisms like insect larvae, crustaceans, and mollusks that live in streams, are used as biological indicators of stream health and we will get to know these critters very well! Participants will be trained in macroinvertebrate identification to the order and family taxonomic level.

  • Wed, 4/7, 6:30-8:30pm: Intro to Biological Assessments and Macroinvertebrate Identification (Virtual)
  • Thu, 4/8, 6:30-8:30pm: Intro to Visual/Habitat High Gradient Assessments (Virtual)
  • Fri, 4/9, 6:30-7:30pm: Intro to Field Experience and Prep for In-Person Stream Day (Virtual)
  • Sun, 4/11, 9:30am-4:30pm:In-Person Stream Assessment Training in Rahway River Park, Rahway NJ

This program is free. Registration is required.

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Join the RRWA Stream Team!

Get involved in your community by monitoring water quality in local rivers and lakes.

Understanding the health of our rivers and streams helps us:
• recommend environmental policy and protections 
• educate the public about how to protect and restore clean water and the environment
• better work to restore ailing habitats

Monitoring our waterways is important for assessing stream conditions and water quality. Understanding the health and quality of our rivers and streams helps us recommend environmental policy and protections, educate the public about how to protect and restore clean water and the environment, and work to restore ailing habitats. We use a number of methods and parameters to determine water quality and stream health.

Requested but not required

PLEASE CLICK to take this very short survey to help us with our Stream Team recruiting efforts!
(The pdf file must be downloaded, filled out, and emailed back to cleacarchia@outlook.com)

Call Clea at 908-472-6152 if you are interested in joining our Stream Team and performing water quality monitoring at a location on the Rahway River near you.