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Making a Difference in Maryland Waters

 

Volunteers agree to participate in a one day training session and then spend about two more days during the March-April sampling window collecting aquatic invertebrate samples from stream beds.

Training consists of four basic parts:

  • classroom instruction,
  • GPS familiarization,
  • actual sample collection practice (Bring your waders!),
  • and choosing your watershed to sample

Stream Waders Contents

2015 Training and Sampling Information

The Catoctin Nature Center Training has been CANCELLED due to winter weather. We'll reschedule ASAP. Check back soon!

 

Sample Agenda for a Stream Waders Training Session (.pdf)

 

DNR needs your help to fill the gaps in areas being sampled by Maryland Biological Stream Survey crews in 2015 . Please come learn how you can help Stream Waders contribute to Marylandís statewide water quality monitoring.

If youíre a member of a watershed organization and are interested in sampling in an area thatís not featured in 2015, we invite you to contact us as we may be able to accommodate you. And of course, if you are not already a member of a watershed group, we're hoping you'll join up with folks from one or get together with some friends and help assess the health of local streams. Everyone is invited to help monitor, restore, and protect our waterways.

 

A very informative Frequently Asked Questions page can be found at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/streams/mbss/w_faq.html.

Greetings friends of Maryland's freshwater streams!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Stream Waders Volunteer Stream Sampling Program is gearing up for another exciting year! In 2015, we will be holding twoStream Waders training sessions:

  • Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (Anne Arundel County) Link to Directions

    February 14th, 2015 (Register by February 6th)

  • Catoctin Creek Nature Center (Frederick County) Google map link

    February 21st, 2014 (Register by February 13th)

DNR needs your help to fill the gaps in areas being sampled by Maryland Biological Stream Survey crews in 2015 (see green and orange watersheds on the map above). We’re also continuing the special sampling in Garrett County to gather baseline information related to Marcellus Shale gas exploration (pink areas). So please come learn how you can help Stream Waders contribute to Maryland’s statewide water quality monitoring.

2015 Stream Waders Training Sessions
(9:00 – 3:30)

  • 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.  Waders are a plus!!

 

AND…
Capacity is limited so PLEASE
Register in advance, by the dates listed above!!

To register for a training session or to receive more information, email Streamwaders.dnr@maryland.gov.

Please provide your name, affiliation, contact information (including mailing address and email), and expected training location.
*If you are a teacher with the governor’s “Explore and Restore Your Schoolshed” initiative, please let us know when you register so that we can be sure to bring the appropriate materials for your school’s watershed.

A very informative Frequently Asked Questions page can be found at
http://dnr.state.md.us/streams/swFAQ.asp. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

2015 Training and Sampling Information

 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Stream Waders Volunteer Stream Sampling Program has completed another successful year. Here are the areas that were most recently sampled.

Upcoming Events

  • 2015 Stream Waders Training Sessions
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