What is Stream Monitoring?

Are you curious about the health of your local streams and rivers? Did you know that you can help monitor their health? It’s easy and fun!

During stream monitoring, a group of volunteers visits a few sites to collect data. In the process, they put on waders, waterproof boots connected to waterproof overalls, to keep dry while they step into the water. They use a special net on a pole to reach deep into the water and collect tiny critters called “macroinvertebrates” that inhabit the water, clinging to rocks, plants or leaves deep underwater. Once they have collected some samples into a bucket, they examine its contents. By observing the variety of macroinvertebrates and number in each location, researchers can determine the health of that water. Without the help of volunteers, this work would be impossible

Stream monitoring usually happens in the Spring and Fall. Some areas are already recruiting volunteers. You can contact your local Conservation District through the Resources page on our website to learn about events happening locally. Also, watch our Facebook page as we share events for all over the state.