New Volunteer Program to Help Monitor, Protect Local Streams
For more information, contact:
Oliver Bass, Natural Lands Trust
(o) 610-353-5587 x244
July 30, 2014
Elverson, PA – A consortium of local conservation and watershed organizations has launched a new program that will train volunteers to help monitor and protect water quality in the French, Hay, and Pickering Creek Watersheds.
Schuylkill Water Stewards is part of an innovative, science-driven initiative – launched in 2013 by the William Penn Foundation – that seeks to protect and restore water resources in the Delaware River Watershed. The Delaware River Watershed, which includes the Schuylkill River and tributaries such as the French, Hay, and Pickering Creeks, provides drinking water for more than 15 million people and covers parts of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.
In northern Chester and southern Berks Counties, participants in the initiative are focused on preserving land around the high quality creeks of the French, Hay, and Pickering Creeks. Maintaining natural areas around streams is one of the most effective ways to keep them clean and to minimize the impacts of stormwater. Schuylkill Water Stewards will play an important role in gathering data about the current health of the creeks and, ultimately, providing the data needed to measure the impact of land preservation efforts in the area.
Schuylkill Water Stewards volunteers will participate in a fun and engaging training program that includes both classroom and field-based education about topics such as the science of healthy watersheds, water sampling techniques, identifying threats to streams, monitoring stormwater, and more.
Once training is completed, volunteers will engage in water testing, report on stormwater events, observe aquatic wildlife and their habitats, and much more.
The initial class of volunteers will begin training on September 11th. The training schedule includes:
|Introduction to Watershed Science||Thursday, September 11th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm|
|Water Sampling and Stream Habitat Assessment||Saturday, September 20th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm|
|Threats to Aquatic Wildlife||Saturday, October 4th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm|
|The Role of Healthy Streamside Buffers||Saturday, October 18th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm|
|How Volunteers Can Make a Difference||Thursday, October 30th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm|
Trainings will be held in various locations in northern Chester County and in Reading.
Interested volunteers can visit www.schuylkillwaterstewards.org for more information and to apply for the program. Applications should be submitted by August 25th.
Schuylkill Water Stewards is a collaboration of Green Valleys Watershed Association, French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Natural Lands Trust, the Hay Creek Watershed Association, Berks Conservancy, and Pennsylvania Audubon.