Izaak Walton League staff are passionate about getting citizens involved in water quality monitoring and helping them use those results to protect local waters. In October, staff hit the road to offer hands-on training to teachers, students, and League members and discuss the future of volunteer water quality monitoring.
Clean Water Program Director Danielle Donkersloot attended division meetings in Virginia and Maryland to talk about our new Clean Water Challenge and ways to increase League visibility and volunteer engagement through water quality monitoring.
IWLA Conservation Intern Natalie Smirnoff held a Save Our Streams training session at the Lois Green-Sligo Chapter in Maryland. Enthusiastic volunteers learned about the importance of and methods for testing water quality and applied that knowledge at a nearby stream. To request a Save Our Streams workshop in your area, contact Danielle Donkersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IWLA Chesapeake Monitoring Outreach Coordinator Lea Rubin facilitated a workshop that brought together staff from state and federal environmental agencies, service providers, and volunteer water quality monitors to discuss how to expand citizen monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay region. Lea also made a presentation at the Maryland Water Monitoring Council’s “Date to Decisions” workshop, engaging new volunteers in the Chesapeake Bay regional collaboration. Due to the success of the workshop, the Council will offer a second workshop on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and another tentatively is planned for western Maryland.
IWLA Clean Water Fellow Samantha Roth brought Creek Freaks to Morrisville, New York. Students from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Morrisville State Collage, and SUNY Oneonta College as well as area school teachers learned how to use streams as living classrooms to get youth excited about clean water and conservation. When they tested the water just downstream from a sewage treatment plant, the group was pleasantly surprised to find “good” water quality readings!