HeartLands Conservancy annually asks for volunteers to help monitor the health of streams in our region. We use the methodology and training established by the RiverWatch program from the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center to ensure our data is consistent with others being collected throughout the state.
Stream monitoring helps us understand the conditions of our streams and monitors to see if watershed conditions are improving or deteriorating over time. We use this information to make strategic decisions about watershed and habitat initiatives.
But stream monitoring is also FUN! Participants get into the streams and collect samples and other data.