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Baseline Stream Monitoring Information Session: Viroqua

April 4

Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm

This is a free informational session (not a field training) on WAV baseline stream monitoring for new volunteers. Learn about the WAV program from local WAV Coordinator Ben Johnston with the Valley Stewardship Network, and how stream monitoring fits in with local watershed goals. Note: Free library cards will be available for all attendees. At the event, you can also connect with Ben to schedule a time to get a local hands-on field training so that you are ready to become a stream monitor.

At this presentation, you will learn how WAV volunteers measure five important elements of stream health using scientific tools and techniques:

  • Water temperature – affects oxygen demand and can threaten creatures’ survival.
  • Transparency – takes into account both color and suspended particles in the water.
  • Dissolved oxygen – lack of it can cause aquatic animals to quickly leave the area or face death.
  • Streamflow – the amount of flowing water in a stream impacts the habitat available for creatures living in and near the stream.
  • Stream macroinvertebrates – insects, worms, crustaceans, clams, and other small, boneless creatures that are visible without the aid of a microscope are used to assess water quality based on their tolerance to conditions.



205 South Rock Avenue, Viroqua, WI



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