Conservation

Oct. 12th and 14th: CVTU Riffle Bioassessment Monitoring

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October 12, 2017 to October 14, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 12 and/or Saturday, Oct. 14

Help Measure Stream Health by Studying River Bugs – Training Provided – Families Welcome

Join CVTU as we continue the important work of monitoring our local rivers’ health by studying the aquatic insects and organisms living in the streams.

Volunteers are needed on two dates: Thursday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 14 and you are welcome to join us on one or both dates.

In partnership with the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) Program provides volunteers with a standardized methodology for using aquatic macroinvertebrates to assess the relative water quality of wadeable streams (those that you can walk across).

Aquatic macroinvertebrates are excellent indicators of stream quality not only because they are relatively easy to collect and identify, but because certain species are very sensitive to changes in water quality. The most sensitive species can tolerate only very small amounts pollution and will therefore only be present in Connecticut’s healthiest streams.

For details, and to register as a volunteer, please email Paul Shafer.