With over 10,000 miles of streams in Maryland, there is plenty to
survey! To assist us in this effort, the Department of Natural Resources has developed the “Stream
Waders” program in which interested citizens are trained and equipped to
collect valuable data on the health of their stream. Since 2000,
Stream Wader volunteers have sampled over 6,000 sites Statewide!
Stream Wader volunteers attend a training session with department biologists
and then pair up to sample sites where we are lacking data. Highest
priority is typically given to sites selected by local governments or
watershed organizations, but volunteers are also able to choose sites
that are of interest to them. Most sampling takes place in April and
May, and all equipment is provided. Stream Waders do not collect as
detailed information as the Maryland Biological Stream Survey, but the
information is extremely valuable and used in the Department of Natural Resources’ assessments and is
published on this website.
For more information on the Stream Waders program, please contact the Department of Natural Resources and visit the Stream Wader website.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401