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Cedar Rapids Audubon is cosponsoring an IOWATER workshop Saturday May 9th at the Indian Creek Nature Center. The event is from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. 

IOWATER

DNR TO HOLD VOLUNTEER WATER QUALITY MONITORING WORKSHOP

DES MOINES - IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an Introductory IOWATER Workshop on May 9th 2015 from 8:30 to 4:30 at the Indian Creek Nature Center.  During the one-day workshop classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers, and lakes. IOWATER emphasizes a perspective based on the “watershed,” or the area of land that drains into a body of water and what citizens can do to protect and improve local water bodies.

Water quality monitoring includes physical, chemical, biological, and habitat assessments. These workshops will focus on physical assessments which document the physical attributes of a waterbody, such as temperature and water clarity; chemical testing that includes pH, nitrogen, phosphate, chloride and dissolved oxygen monitoring; and habitat assessments that document the suitability of water bodies to sustain aquatic life. 

If they choose to do so, volunteers may submit their data to an online database via the IOWATER website, www.iowadnr.gov/iowater. Anyone can view data submitted by volunteers, but only certified IOWATER volunteers can enter data.

Workshop registration fees are $20 per person or $30 for a team and cover all program fees, meals, and testing equipment. The deadline for registration is the day before the workshop.

For more information or to register, please visit www.iowadnr.gov/iowater and Click on “Calendar of Events”.