IOWA CITY - IOWATER, the DNR's statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host introductory workshops throughout the state this summer.
During the eight-hour workshops, classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor the quality of their local streams, rivers and lakes.
These workshops will focus on three basic water quality monitoring assessments: physical, chemical and habitat. After successful completion of a workshop, volunteers will be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to collect water monitoring data, which they can then submit to an online database via the IOWATER website. Anyone can view data submitted by volunteers, but only certified IOWATER volunteers can enter data.
The 2011 workshops, listed alphabetically by city:
Workshop registration fees are $20 per person or $30 for a team. Registration covers all program fees, meals and testing equipment. The deadline for registration is one week before each respective workshop.
For more information or to register, please visit http://www.iowater.net.