Whitesburg KY

Stream monitoring trainings offered

On Saturday, June 16, Kentucky River Watershed Watch will offer two stream monitoring trainings at Lilley Cornett Woods in Skyline. The first training, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be a Phase 1 training to teach new volunteers how to take proper water samples. The second from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. will be a Phase 2 training to teach experienced volunteers how to identify aquatic life and habitat to help assess the health of streams.

The training is open to anyone willing to learn how to take water samples that will help document water quality issues in Kentucky rivers and streams. However those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Volunteers choose a site near their home or work, and sample that site two-to-three times a year (usually in May, July, and September). Kentucky River Watershed Watch then collects samples and sends them to a lab where they are analyzed for pollutants. The results are given to the volunteer and are accepted as official data by the Kentucky Division of Water. This is all done at no cost to the volunteer.

For more information or to register, visit www.letcherwater.com or call Evan Smith toll-free at (877) 218-7482 and leave a message with your contact information.

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