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Baseline Stream Monitoring Training: Merrill

May 20

This WAV baseline stream monitoring training is hosted by UW-Madison Extension WAV staff and Lincoln County Land Services Department.

Time: 9:00am-12:30pm

At this hands-on baseline stream monitoring training for new volunteers, you will learn how to 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.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll know how to measure water quality and be ready to adopt your own stream monitoring site. No experience or equipment needed!

Questions? Contact the local WAV Coordinator, Tom Boisvert with Lincoln County Land Services Department at 715-218-5457 or

Click the link below to register for the training.

Prior to the field training, all volunteers are encouraged to complete the Online Introduction to WAV course. This course provides an overview of the WAV program and the science behind the baseline parameters in a learn-at-your-own-pace setting.  Being familiar with WAV and the monitoring science and methods will prepare all attendees for this field training.



Prairie Trails Park

N2121 Co. Rd. K, Merrill, WI 54452



For more information download this pdf

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