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Clean Water Corner: Springing Into Action to Save Our Streams

Outdoor America 2019 Issue 2
New stream monitors getting trained

The Clean Water Hub – a new website developed by the League and several partner groups – is LIVE and ready to accept Save Our Streams (SOS) data!

SOS volunteers can now create an account, add stream monitoring sites, and add chemical and biological data for those sites. This data will be visualized as points on a national map, and each site will show how water quality has changed over time. It is a powerful tool to spread the word about water quality at the community and national levels – and is pivotal when it comes to tracking progress on our Clean Water Challenge.

Moving forward, the Hub will be expanding – not only to include partner monitoring groups and other monitoring protocols but also to make behind-the-scenes connections to the Federal Water Quality Exchange. This will ensure that our data gets into the hands of the agencies that can use it.

Now it is time for the League to take action! Our goal is to have data for at least 1,000 historic Save Our Streams sites entered into the Hub by our July convention in Des Moines. This data will form the base for all Clean Water Hub use, show the incredible scope and history of the League’s Save Our Streams program, and set the stage for new SOS data gathered in the future.

Visit cleanwaterhub.org to start entering your legacy Save Our Streams data today! If you have any questions, please e-mail me at sos@iwla.org.

Stream critters that were slow and dormant all winter have regained their warmth and energy and are active in our local streams. Water quality monitors are no different –they are shaking out waders, taking inventory of gear, and calling monitoring friends to set up their spring schedule.

We hope that all our trained stream monitors have already gotten their boots wet with stream monitoring! If you haven’t had the chance to attend a stream monitor training yet, visit iwla.org/workshops, where we have a list of upcoming trainings and a form to request a workshop.

Last November, the League hosted a Save Our Streams Train-the-Trainer Workshop at our national headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Five experienced stream monitors (all IWLA members) spent the weekend on field work, teaching practice, and sharing monitoring experiences.

Now they’re ready to train new stream monitors in their home states! This greatly expands the League’s training capacity and will help bring us closer to our Clean Water Challenge goal of monitoring 100,000 more stream sites by 2022. We asked each of our new trainers to share a few notes about themselves – some fun, some practical.

Meet the Trainers

Get Trained

Special thanks to the Izaak Walton League of America Endowment for a grant that made this Train-the-Trainer Workshop possible.

Samantha Briggs, Acting Clean Water Program Director