Clean Water Workshops

Izaak Walton League staff are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and postponing trainings as needed. Should a training need to be postponed, registrants will be notified by staff.

In the meantime, we are now offering a training program that is almost entirely online. Read on for more information on how to begin your path to certification from home!

Online Trainings


Want to become a certified Save Our Streams monitor? Now you can start the certification process from the comfort of home with our online interactive webinars! Simply watch the video versions of our in-person training lectures: Introduction to Water Quality and Introduction to Macroinvertebrates.

Once you have watched both of these webinars and passed the initial Macroinvertebrate Identification exam, you will be ready for a half-day field event. During these field events* we will review the monitoring protocol, give you an opportunity to practice on your own, and provide the final protocol exam. Earn a passing grade on that second exam, and you are an official certified stream monitor!

Find out more and begin your certification journey!


*Due to ongoing travel and gathering restrictions, we cannot confirm dates for the field days at this time, but we expect to begin hosting these field days in summer and early fall. In addition, at this time we will only be able to offer field days in states and regions with active staff and volunteer trainer presence. As such, we expect field days to be offered in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio.


In-Person Trainings


Workshop Descriptions


Save Our Streams workshops offer hands-on training for water quality monitoring, including biological, chemical, and physical stream assessments. Participants also learn to assess stream habitat and watershed land uses. You'll leave this workshop fully equipped to assess water quality – and take steps to fix it!


Upcoming Workshops


June 13, 2020: Covington, VA

Virginia Save Our Streams Training

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June 28, 2020: Des Moines, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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Meet the Trainers


Trainers are assigned based on geographical area and availability. But no matter who leads your workshop, we're sure you won't be disappointed! Learn more about our trainers.