River Rendezvous

Saturday April 6th, 2019 — 9am
Sandy Creek Nature Center

After a brief orientation (coffee provided) volunteers will go to various stream sites in the Athens area where they will monitor for biological, bacterial, and/or chemical water quality. Volunteers drive to 2-4 sites with 2-3 other volunteers and collect water samples that are then brought back and tested on site. No experience needed. Just dress to get wet and dirty.

UOWN uses the information collected to track the health of our streams and detect water quality issues. The results are shared with local and state organizations. This is a great way to put in some outdoor volunteer time and learn water quality testing procedures.

Those obtaining water samples for chemical analysis (pH, turbidity, conductivity, etc.) need not have any previous training or experience.

Those that wish to collect aquatic invertebrate samples must have completed training in the proper techniques for collecting macroinvertebrate samples. Training using Adopt-A-Stream methodology is acceptable. If you feel you have appropriate training that is not through Adopt-A-Stream please indicate such training in the registration page.

If you plan to attend, please sign up in advance here.


Adopt-A-Stream Chemical and Biological Workshops

On Saturday, March 30th, the Upper Oconee River Watershed Network will be hosting a water-quality workshops at the Oconee County Public Library and Harris Shoals Park. These workshops will be led by local Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) Coordinator Vicki Soutar. If you would like to attend this workshop series, please register via oconeewaters@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m on Thursday, March 28th in order to reserve your spot. Spots are limited, so sign up as soon as possible!

In these workshops, volunteers will be taught how to collect data and determine the water quality of a stream or river. Certification and recertification will be offered in both chemical and biological testing. You are welcome to take one or both courses.

These workshops are free of charge, and the only items you need to bring with you are a non-microwaveable lunch and closed toed shoes (rain boots or a pair of old tennis shoes work great). The workshops will only be cancelled if there is heavy rain or lightning.Even if you don’t choose to go through the certification, feel free to stop by and see what we do. Both workshops will begin with a classroom presentation at the Oconee County Library auditorium and will then move to Harris Shoals Park for field training.

At the end of the workshop we will return to the Oconee County Library for certification or re-certification tests. If you’d like, you can adopt a new site or help with the ones we have already registered. Check out the AAS website data for Oconee waters data submitted so far at http://www.georgiaadoptastream.com/db/Groups.html?GroupID=2206

As a reminder, please send an email no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 28th to reserve your spot. In your email, please leave your name, preferred contact email, preferred workshop or workshops and phone number. We will contact you via phone if there is inclement weather or high water flow that results in a cancellation. You will receive an email confirmation and a reminder before the workshop as well as the AAS wavier and UOWN wavier to review and then sign.

Here is a description of the workshops being offered,

Chemical Monitoring Workshop for Quality Assurance: 9:00-12:00 pm.

With this workshop we will spend the first hour at the library, the second hour at Harris Shoals Park, and written tests and re-certifications will be given from 11:30am-12:00pm. The Chemical Monitoring workshop is designed to teach volunteers about basic stream water chemistry, and how to conduct chemical tests using hand-held field equipment. The basic set of tests include dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and temperature. Advanced tests may include alkalinity, phosphate and nitrate-nitrogen. At the end of the workshop volunteers will be given a field test and a written test to assess their ability to collect accurate and precise data. Volunteers who collect data within 10% accuracy and pass the written test with a score of 80% or higher will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year. With this workshop we will spend the first hour at the library, the second hour at Harris Shoals Park, and written tests and re-certifications will be given from 11:30am-12:00pm.

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Workshop for Quality Assurance: 12:30 pm-5:30 pm

With this workshop, volunteers will learn how to sample the biological aspects of a
stream. The macroinvertebrates, (insects, mollusks, & crustaceans) found in a stream are excellent indicators of the condition of both water quality and habitat. This workshop will focus on collection techniques for either rocky or muddy bottom streams and the process of macroinvertebrate identification. A quality assurance test is available at the end of the workshop for those who wish to become certified. Volunteers who identify the macro-invertebrates with 90% accuracy and pass the written test with a score of 80% or higher will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year.

Please email oconeewaters@gmail.com with the following information by Thursday, March 28th
to reserve your spot:
Name
Email info
Phone contact
Which workshop(s) will you attend?
Chemical 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Biological 12:30pm-5:30 pm
Are you pursuing a first time certification or a recertification?