Sunday, February 14, 2010

Free water testing workshop in YS

The Miami Conservancy District and the Greene Environmental Coalition are offering a free workshop for volunteers interested in learning how to sample the quality of water in rivers and streams. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the GEC Office in the Union School House Building in Yellow Springs. Volunteers that attend the workshop can be certified as a Level 1 Qualified Data Collector after learning how to read the signs of good water quality through sampling methods, insect identification and basic waterway biology. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary. The workshop is intended to be a casual morning of learning and fun.

"Miami Valley Stream Team is an education program that focuses on local river and stream stewardship. The workshop will 'train the trainer,' teaching local teachers and other leaders how to educate students and friends on how to monitor the quality of our water resources," says Sarah Hippensteel, Program Development Specialist with The Miami Conservancy District.

People in the Miami Valley interested in the environment, especially local educators, are encouraged to attend the workshop. The Stream Team program easily fits into elementary, middle school or high school science curricula. The workshop combines informal classroom instruction with hands-on practice.

Please call Sarah Hippensteel at (937) 223-1271 or Vickie Hennessy at (937) 767-3901 for reservations and directions. The workshop will be limited to no more than 25 participants.

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