Save Our Streams (SOS) is a fun way to test water quality in small streams by collecting chemical data and identifying underwater insects, called macroinvertebrates. The Izaak Walton League is partnering with Pottawattamie County Conservation and Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development to provide a workshop for those who want to become a certified SOS Monitor. Visit www.iwla.org/sos for more info about Save Our Streams.
Certified SOS monitors can submit data to the Clean Water Hub to be used in the EPA's Water Quality Exchange for federal decision-making.
Training will consist of a morning session, hosted indoors at Olsen Lodge in Botna Bend Park, followed by an afternoon session practicing our monitoring techniques at a nearby stream.
Dress for the weather, as we will be doing the field component in rain or shine in the afternoon. Bring your own rubber boots, waders, or old sneakers if you have them (we ask that you avoid using felt soled waders). Note-taking supplies are suggested. Registration costs will help to provide classroom and field materials and ID books for participants.
**Don't forget to bring your own lunch to eat during our lunch break between sessions. **
This training costs $10. Register online here!
Botna Bend Park is located at 42926 Mahogany Road Hancock, IA 51536.
Classes fill up quickly, so register now! For inquiries, contact IWLA Save Our Streams Coordinator Zach Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org .