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Baseline Stream Monitoring Training: Osceola

May 19

This WAV baseline stream monitoring training is hosted by Wild Rivers Conservancy and Polk County Land and Water Resources Department.

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
*This training is now full and registration has closed. Please look for our stream monitoring training again next year!

Note: Spots are limited for this training. Contact local WAV Coordinator Katie Sickmann, Natural Resources Manager at Wild Rivers Conservancy, to learn more: or 715-483-3300 x25.

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!

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.



Osceola Creek



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