Join our Citizen Science RBV Team – Help Sample Aquatic Insects

RBV (Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteer) workshops train volunteers to sample
water quality by learning how to net and identify the aquatic macroinvertebrates
(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 informs an online annual report by CT
DEEP. FRWA will hold a two-part training and sampling workshop:

FRWA RBV Workshop, Part 1, Indoor: Thursday, September 26, from
7-9 PM at FRWA
, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Overview of the CT
DEEP’s RBV program; we will provide materials, demonstrate techniques, and
explain the use of aquatic organisms in water quality monitoring.


FRWA RBV Workshop, Part 2, Outdoor: Saturday, October 5, 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.


FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop (Whole day, both Indoor then Outdoor portions) Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9 AM – 4 PM, Barnes Nature Center, Bristol

Advance registration required, email river@frwa.org or call 860-658-4442 x202 to register. Also, please 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.

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