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Learning about sound environmental behaviors is a stepping stone to saving one of our most valuable natural resources – our water.

For those who would like to learn more about the health of our local streams and rivers, the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality is offering a Hoosier Riverwatch volunteer stream monitoring workshop on Saturday, June 13.  The workshop will be held at the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve Barn, located at 6801 Engle Rd., from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hoosier Riverwatch is an Indiana Department of Natural Resources education program that trains citizen volunteers to assess water quality and monitor the health of rivers and streams.

Through classroom presentations and hands-on testing in a near-by stream, participants will learn how to complete biological monitoring, chemical assessment, and habitat analysis.  After completion of this training, volunteers are certified by Hoosier Riverwatch and can perform stream testing, submit data to the statewide volunteer monitoring database and lead student groups to help monitor local streams.  Sampling kits are available on loan from the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality to trained Hoosier Riverwatch volunteers.

"Through learning about the nature within our streams and rivers, we can learn about the challenges which modern life, urban or rural, presents to them," stated Matthew Jones, Water Resource Education Specialist.  "And once we learn about them as a resource-for whatever our use might be-then we become aware of their value to our lives."

Hoosier Riverwatch training is ideal for groups or individuals; schools, church or service groups, clubs or corporations, as a family or on your own-it doesn't matter how you decide to join.

There is no fee to attend this workshop, but workshop size is limited. Participants should register by June 8.  To register, contact the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality at 260-484-5848 ext. 3.  To learn more about the Hoosier Riverwatch program, visit the IDNR website at http://www.hoosierriverwatch.com.

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