Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Leading Creek Watershed Group Recieves Funds For Volunteer Monitoring Project

The Meigs county Soil and Water Conservation District(SWCD) is pleased to announce the award of an Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund mini-grant to the Leading Volunteer Monitors Program in the Leading Creek Watershed. This will be the first volunteer monitoring program in the watershed and will increase educational opportunities and spread awareness about the watershed.

Program funds will be used to support fifteen volunteers who will be provided with equipment and trained to sample water quality, conduct visual assessments of the watershed, and organizing litter clean-up events. Volunteers will be trained by Meigs county SWCD staff and two representatives from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. These resource professionals will provide additional training on how to use water quality monitoring kits, and a multi-parameter meters. Program volunteers will also have the opportunity to become certified as a level 1 Qualified Data Collector (QDC) by Ohio EPA. Aside from the technical training, this program allows someone with or without an environmental background to do hands-on work, meet new people, and enjoy the outdoors. Additional volunteers are still needed; interested individuals may contact the Meigs county SWCD for more information at 740-992-4282, or visit www.meigsswcd.com and click on the Leading Creek Watershed page.

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