Stream Waders Training

Stream Waders Training

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Making a Difference in Maryland Waters

2017 Training Information

Greetings friends of Maryland's freshwater streams!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) is gearing up for another exciting year! In 2017, we will have one training session for our volunteer stream sampling program, Maryland Stream Waders!
Photo collage of 3 stream waders at work 
  • Maryland Stream Waders Training

  • Stream Waders volunteers will help to fill the gaps in areas of interest to the Maryland Biological Stream Survey crews in 2017 (orange areas on map-below). This year, your efforts will be supporting the MBSS by providing data on the effectiveness of various stream restoration projects.

    Volunteers are trained and outfitted to collect benthic macroinvertebrate samples which are turned in to DNR biologists who subsample, identify, and rate the sites according to our Index of Biotic Integrity. Stream Waders is rigorous and produces data that are available to the public on the StreamHealth website.

    Groups interested in sampling in watersheds not on the map must have a plan to use Stream Waders data in their own programs to conduct stewardship actions or increase community awareness and will supported on a first come, first served basis.

    • We usually start around 9:00 A.M. but we ask that you come a little early to check in and enjoy a small complementary, continental style breakfast (juice, coffee, water, donuts, etc.)
    • Please pack your own lunch as we will be taking a break between the lecture training and the outside field training.
    • Remember to pack plenty of warm clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. Boots are necessary, waders are a plus!!
Stream Waders 2017 Map

To register for a training session,
please fill out the Google form here!

You must provide your name, affiliation, and contact information (including mailing address and email). *You are not officially registered until you receive a registration confirmation email!*

If you need help determining if this program is for you, we have a very informative FAQ page, but if you have any other questions or require any additional information please email: streamwaders.dnr@maryland.gov.

Stream Waders Contents

Training Session Tips:

We usually start around 9:00 A.M. but we ask that you come a little early to check in and enjoy a small complementary, continental style breakfast (juice, coffee, water, donuts, etc.)

  • Please pack your own lunch as we will be taking a break between the lecture training and the outside field training.
  • Remember to pack plenty of warm clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. Boots are necessary, waders are a plus!!