Have you ever spent a spring afternoon by a stream catching frogs, looking at fish, or turning over rocks to find interesting bugs? Do you love to hang out at creeks? Are you interested in science and water? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you would be a great volunteer for StreamSmart!
We are currently recruiting new StreamSmart Volunteers! Training will be Saturday, July 16 from 9am-3:30pm with 2 sessions and a free lunch. The morning session from 9am – 12 noon will be at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers, AR. The afternoon session beginning at 1:00pm will be at a nearby stream. Attendees will receive a StreamSmart Training Manual and will be prepared to join an existing or new streamsmart team. Training is FREE!
What is Stream Smart?
Stream Smart is a volunteer monitoring project in the Beaver Lake Watershed, coordinated and implemented by Ozarks Water Watch as part of the Beaver LakeSmart Program. The purpose of the Stream Smart program is to organize volunteer resources to conduct water quality monitoring in and to increase awareness about the tributary streams of the Beaver Lake watershed.
What kind of data is Stream Smart collecting and what happens to the data from the Stream Smart Program?
Groups who choose to become members of the Stream Smart program conduct quarterly monitoring on their selected streams in February, May, August, and November. Volunteer teams collect stream temperature, air temperature, stream flow, and pH. Twice per year volunteers will do a macroinvertebrate survey. Volunteers will also collect a water sample in a bottle. The water sample is analyzed by the Arkansas Water Resources, a local water quality lab at the University of Arkansas, for pH, nutrients, dissolved solids, and suspended solids.
The data collected as part of the Stream Smart Program goes to the Stream Smart Coordinator, Arkansas Game and Fish Stream Teams, is included with Ozarks Water Watch’s annual Status of the Watershed publication and is submitted to other interested parties and online databases.
How can I get involved in Stream Smart?
Join our training on Saturday, July 16 at the Center for Nonprofits. If you are still interested but cannot make training, contact Stream Smart Coordinator, Angela Danovi at Ozarks Water Watch. Her phone number is 479-295-7717 and her email is [email protected]. She will talk with you about potential monitoring sites, number of people interested in being on your team, the program sampling schedule, and training.