Volunteers are needed to help sample for aquatic insects as indicators of water quality. Explore the fascinating life of local streams throughout the Farmington River Watershed!
FRWA will hold our eleventh annual Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Sampling (RBV) Workshop on Wednesday, October 1st at FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury from 7-9 pm. This indoor-only workshop on Wednesday evening will provide an overview of the RBV (Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteers) program, demonstrate collection and identification techniques and explain the use of aquatic organisms in water quality monitoring.
Following the indoor training, participants will be able to participate in the FRWA in-stream Aquatic Insect sampling to be held on Saturday October 18th and/or join up with other experienced samplers during the fall throughout the Farmington River Watershed.
For the in-stream sampling, participants wade into the water, collect organisms into a net, sort and identify and preserve a representative sample for verification. The program follows CT DEEP Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteers (RBV) protocol and results help FRWA and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection monitor water quality changes in the Farmington River Watershed.
No previous experience necessary, new volunteers are paired with an experienced team leader for sampling and older children are welcome with an adult. Outdoor sampling will be held rain or shine; please dress for the weather and bring footwear to wade into the water (waders, water shoes or old sneakers). Space is limited, advance registration is required. Please contact FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email river@frwa to register.
Experienced samplers please contact FRWA to borrow equipment and sample your favorite stream riffle at your leisure and/or to sign up to be a team leader on the scheduled sampling day.
FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop (Indoors)
Wednesday, October 1st
7 to 9 p.m.
FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
FRWA Aquatic Insect (RBV) Sampling (Outdoors, in-stream)
Saturday, October 18th
(We’ll let you know where to meet after you sign up.)