Friday, February 12, 2021

Brodhead Watershed Assn. Offering Free Training For Streamwatchers In Monroe County

Would you like to be a
Streamwatcher? The Brodhead Watershed Association will soon welcome new “water warriors” into its popular Streamwatch program.

A Streamwatch volunteer training session for Brodhead watershed residents will be held via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. March 27. Individualized on-stream training will be provided by experienced volunteers following the virtual training.

For 30 years, BWA Streamwatch volunteers have been checking local streams on a monthly basis. Now, with more than 70 volunteers in seven sub-watershed regions of the Brodhead watershed, new volunteers are always welcome to join the efforts to ensure clean streams. 

This program is also a good refresher course for veteran Streamwatchers.

“Streamwatch volunteers are our eyes and ears in the watershed,” said BWA Executive Director Kelly Gallo. “The data they collect and the time they spend in and around the streams in our community is an invaluable resource to BWA, our watershed, and our community. These community scientists are trained to test chemical parameters and to use their data to provide observations of stream health.”

Not sure where you live in the Brodhead watershed? Find out using this online tool.

To register, contact the BWA office at 570-839-1120, email to:  or visit the Streamwatcher Training event webpage.

Registrants will receive the Zoom information to join the March 27 webinar.  Please register by March 25.

For more on the program, visit the Streamwatch webpage.

For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Brodhead Watershed Association website or Follow them on FacebookClick Here to sign up for regular updates from the Association.  Click Here to become a member.

Master Watershed Stewards

If you live in another part of Pennsylvania, the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program is seeking individuals who enjoy learning, have the desire and time to volunteer and appreciate working with others to improve their local watershed.

Volunteer activities available to Master Watershed Stewards include organizing educational events, designing demonstration rain gardens, organizing stream cleanups, planting riparian forest buffers, working with municipal officials to plant native meadows, monitoring streams for bacteria, and more.

Click Here to learn more.

How Clean Is Your Stream?

DEP’s Interactive Report Viewer allows you to zoom in on your own stream or watershed to find out how clean your stream is or if it has impaired water quality using the latest information in the draft 2020 Water Quality Report.

[Posted: February 12, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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