The Northwest Indiana Partnership for Clean Water will be hosting two
Hoosier Riverwatch workshops this fall in the region, to give volunteers
hands-on experience in evaluating water chemistry, habitat and aquatic
macroinvertebrates to help measure a stream’s health.
Hoosier Riverwatch is a statewide volunteer stream monitoring program
coordinated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, whose
mission is to promote active public stewardship of the state’s rivers and
streams through watershed education and monitoring.
Volunteers will also learn in the workshops how land use can impact water
quality and how to submit monitoring information to the on-line Hoosier
Riverwatch database. Upon completing the workshop, volunteers are eligible
to borrow “loaner trunks” from various locations throughout the state. These
trunks contain the same supplies they learned to use during the workshop.
Workshop dates and locations:
* 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Hobart Community Center, 111 E.
Old Ridge Road in Hobart.
* 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Plum Creek Center in Elmer Miller
Park, 222 Schulte St. in Dyer.
“In addition to these workshops, we will be working with a number of local
communities to establish a network of volunteer stream monitoring sites”
said Joe Exl, senior water resource planner with the Northwestern Indiana
Regional Planning Commission. “Where to monitor is one of the most common
questions I receive as a volunteer instructor.”
With recent enhancements to the Hoosier Riverwatch database, including an
interactive mapping feature and data explorer tools, volunteers and the
general public can see what sites or information is available for nearby
streams, Exl added. “I think the network will probably start with just a
handful of sites at first but will eventually grow over time.”
There is no cost to attend the workshops but registration is required.
Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch.
Those wanting to get in the stream should bring along waders or old
closed-toe tennis shoes.
To register for one of these workshops please contact Joe Exl via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (219) 763-6060 x137.
Attendees must be at least 18 years of age.