Bob and Linda Merline

2019 WAV Adult Volunteer Award Winner

Linda and Bob Merline monitoring the Fish Creek Watershed

Linda and Bob Merline (standing center and right, respectively) monitoring with a fellow Fish Creek Watershed volunteer.

Bob and Linda Merline have been instrumental in the monitoring efforts in the Fish Creek Watershed for more than 18 years! Linda, now leading the volunteer team, organizes site visits, regularly trains and communicates with volunteers and meticulously prepares the data sheets. Bob’s role, just as crucial as Linda’s, focuses more on maintaining, calibrating, and testing the equipment that will be provided to the volunteers. Anthony Fiorato, a volunteer in the Fish Creek Watershed Program, expressed his appreciation of the Merlines' efforts stating that the monitoring program organized by Linda and Bob is "truly impressive" and "represents the best practices for field testing and data collection." Linda is also active in seeking grant funds and support for Fish Creek Watershed studies and projects. In 2016, Bob and Linda’s efforts were highlighted in a report prepared for the Town of Gibraltar Annual Meeting, bringing attention to the water quality of the creek and the health of the watershed. Linda and Bob also responded to a Shedd Aquarium call for volunteers to monitor sucker migration in Fish Creek, which included daily observations.