Thursday, May 22, 2014

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve to hold Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training May 24

Kris Wierenga, Ally Dale and Sandy Nye monitor macroinvertebrate habitats and populations in the Middle Branch Salmon Trout River. (Photo © and courtesy Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve)

BIG BAY -- Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) is getting ready for stream monitoring on the Salmon Trout and Yellow Dog Rivers through the Michigan Clean Water Corps program (MiCorps).

YDWP will host their bi-annual Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, at the Powell Township School, located at 101 Deutsch Ave. in Big Bay.

This training is open to the public and free of charge. The event will begin with an indoor presentation at the school; then participants will head to the water for some hands-on training in the stream.

A portion of the monitoring involves collecting and sorting macroinvertebrates -- small aquatic creatures that live in water bodies. They like different types of habitats and some tolerate higher levels of water pollution than others. State-wide programs such as MiCorps collect them and do chemical testing to ultimately help determine how clean our water is.

This is a volunteer-based project. To RSVP to this May 24 event please contact Christy at: or call 906- 345-9223.

YDWP is especially in need of local individuals who are interested in taking on leadership roles for this program and becoming crew leaders. This would entail taking on extra training to gain confidence with your collection skills and bug identification. You will become responsible for taking volunteers into the field to complete a couple sites per season. Please let YDWP know if you are interested in this exciting opportunity to take a step forward in the protection of our water.

Don't forget to sign up for the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training session this weekend! No previous experience is required to participate in this citizen science monitoring, and everyone is welcome to attend.

See also the YDWP Facebook page.

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