KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works to sustain healthy forests, fish, and wildlife, but MDC relies on citizen science, private landowners, and community engagement to further these efforts which benefit all Missourians. That’s the idea behind Missouri’s Stream Teams and Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring.
“Clean, safe, usable water is essential to all life,” said MDC Stream Team Coordination Biologist Amy Meier. “Protecting the health of our streams and watersheds takes a collaborative network of dedicated, educated citizens all working together to understand and raise awareness about water issues, prevent water pollution, and improve health.”
MDC’s Stream Team Unit offers workshops across the state each year to train volunteers on how to help collect and develop baseline data on streams throughout Missouri. These data are used to establish long-term trends and locate streams in need of professional follow-up monitoring.
MDC will offer an introductory Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Workshop Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore St. in Kirksville.
This training is free and open to all ages, though attendees younger than 18-years old must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and preregistration is required by April 15. To register for this training, visit mostreamteam.org. For questions or more information about this training, contact Molly Vannoy at (573) 526-1156, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.