Calendar of Events
Watershed Watch organizes annual sampling events in May, July and September during which our volunteers assess field chemistry and collect water samples for E coli analysis.
2023 Sampling Dates:
Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13
Friday, July 14 or Saturday, July 15
Friday, September 15 or Saturday, September 16
Prior to each sampling event, you will receive an email requesting that you register to indicate your ability to participate. Registrants will receive their sampling instructions and supplies approximately one week prior to the event.
Our partner organizations and local watershed groups often hold water-related celebrations, recreational outings, or community service projects. Please check your basin-specific website to find out about events in your area.
Phase I Training - This 2 hour introductory training workshop provides participants with an understanding of how the Watershed Watch organization functions and what is involved in participating as a sampler. Specific instruction is provided on assessing certain field chemistry characteristics of water, as well as how to properly collect a “grab sample” for analysis at a certified laboratory.
Phase II Training - This 4-5 hour workshop provides participants with guidance on further understanding the quality of a waterway through examining its ability to support aquatic life. Instructors explain a variety of factors that influence aquatic habitat, including in-stream conditions and nearby land use. Instruction will also be provided on collecting, identifying, and assessing macroinvertebrate populations in a stream with regard to how they serve as indicators of general water quality.
Each year, our basin groups hold annual conferences to provide feedback on the year's sampling results, inform our members about current water issues and topics, and to provide a time for our samplers to interact and network with one another. These conferences are typically held in the late fall or winter.