Get wet and help monitor area streams

Help protect the creeks in the Tuckasegee River Watershed by learning to collect and identify aquatic insects, considered key indicators of how polluted a creek is.

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR) will hold a one-day training on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Whittier Community Center. Participants will learn how to report water quality problems, identify aquatic insects and collect valid field samplings. Volunteers work in small groups to take samples on at least twice a year, usually spring and fall, for a total of about eight to 10 hours per year. Agencies use this information to identify waterways in need of additional attention.

For those oriented to environmental education, it is an opportunity to build your resume and earn credits. Anyone, age 17 and up, and all levels of experience are welcome. For ages 15 and 16, call ahead to the WATR office to discuss participation. A $5 donation or more is requested to help cover costs for materials. Participants should either bring a lunch, or purchase a lunch for $5.  

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