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DNR Trains Volunteers For Stream Monitoring
Maryland Stream Waders Program Offers Three Volunteer Training Sessions
ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be training volunteers to help monitor the health of local streams across the state. DNR relies on volunteer “Stream Waders” to support its annual Maryland Biological Stream Survey which monitors the health of more than 10,000 miles of streams to provide critical information needed to protect and restore our aquatic resources, including the Chesapeake Bay.
“The Chesapeake Bay begins in the small streams located in many Marylander’s backyards,” explained Ron Klauda, Director of DNR’s Monitoring and Non-tidal Assessment Division. “Successful protection and restoration of Maryland’s rivers and the Chesapeake Bay requires monitoring, protecting, and restoring the thousands of miles of headwater streams that feed them.”
Over the next month DNR will hold three Stream Waders volunteer training sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
- Saturday, February 16 at the Patuxent River 4-H Center
18405 Queen Anne Road in Upper Marlboro (Prince George’s County)
- Saturday, February 23 at the Fairview Outdoor Center
12808 Draper Road in Clear Spring (Washington County)
- Saturday, March 1 at the West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Road in Colora (Cecil County)
“Maryland’s volunteer Stream Waders provide valuable support and water quality data that enable the DNR to assess local stream health,” added Dan Boward, DNR Biologist.
Interested volunteers may register for a training session by emailing email@example.com or calling 1-877-620-8DNR (x8623). For additional information visit http://www.dnr.state.md.us/streams/mbss/w_new.html.
February 11, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov