Help us identify high-quality waters:
– Become part of FRWA’s Citizen Science Monitoring Team
– Join us to sample streams for aquatic insects as water quality indicators
RBV (Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteer) workshops train volunteers to sample water quality by learning how to net and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) that live in our streams. The types, number and diversity of these aquatic macro-invertebrates are indicators of water quality. Results help FRWA and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identify high quality streams and monitor water quality changes in the Watershed. Data is published in an online annual report by the CT DEEP. FRWA will hold a two-part training and sampling workshop:
Part 1, Indoor: Thursday, September 27, from 7-9 PM at FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Overview presentation of the CT DEEP’s RBV program; we will provide materials, demonstrate techniques and explain the use of aquatic organisms in water quality monitoring.
Part 2, Outdoor: Saturday, September 29, from 9 AM – noon, (location TBD) Following the indoor training, participants will be able to participate in stream sampling. Experienced team leaders will be on hand to guide you through the process. No experience necessary and older children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Sampling will be held rain or shine; dress weather-appropriately and bring footwear for wading in water.
Advance registration required, email river@frwa or call 860-658-4442 to register. Let us know if you have a good, accessible riffle on a clean, rocky, babbling brook flowing through your property that you would allow us to access to sample.