Tuesday, November 13, 2007
7:00 pm at the Kent Park Education Center
The Johnson and Iowa County Watershed Coalition presents:
Why do we sample water?
For the last 5 years, the volunteers of the Johnson and Iowa County Watershed Coalition (JAICWC) and IOWATER have been sampling the watersheds of Johnson and Iowa Counties. In 2003, samples were collected from 66 sites, last week samples were collected from 107 sites. In the last five years over 175 different volunteers have given over 6,500 hours of their time in sampling, preparing for events, walking creeks for visual assessments, attending meetings and giving talks. During this time the volunteers have collected over 11,900 streamside assessments and collected over 1,500 samples to be further analyzed by the University Hygienic Lab
The data collected helped with the justification of two 319 Projects, Price Creek and Deer Creek / North Branch of Clear Creek. The McBride Watershed is also sampled, and that data is used for the McBride 319 project. Because of the results collected, the head waters of Clear Creek and Muddy Creek have been added to the Iowa 303(d) impaired waters list.
It is because of the enormous input by so many volunteers that we are having this presentation.
Gary Arner JAICWC Chair - Will be the moderator and give an overview of the project and show the RASCAL assessment results.
Aaron Pickens 319 Watershed Coordinator – Will show what is being done with his project in the Price Creek Watershed.
James Martin 319 Watershed Coordinator - Will show what is being done with his project in Deer Creek and the North Branch of Clear Creek.
Lynette Seigley Research Geologist, IOWATER Staff. – Lynette is the ‘keeper of the data’ and she will be showing the data collected and explain the results.
Dave Ratliff Project Leader – Will speak about the one most often-asked question Why do we sample water?
For other information or questions contact Dave at (319) 430-3580 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org