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IOWATER volunteers can get involved in a variety of ways.  Lending a hand for an hour or two can help watershed efforts around the state report on and improve Iowa's water quality.

Participate in a local "snapshot"
Snapshot sampling consists of volunteers collecting samples and running IOWATER tests during a window of time -- usually a few hours on a designated morning.  A local snapshot coordinator will assign you a few sites to sample in the watershed and away you go!  By channeling the energy of dozens of volunteers, we are able to get a snapshot picture of an entire watershed in a short period of time.  You can see the schedule of snapshots on the IOWATER calendar of events

Become "AWARE" through Project AWARE
Project AWARE, which stands for A Watershed Awareness River Expedition, involves hundreds of volunteers who spend their vacations working as aquatic garbage collectors - cleaning up, learning about, and exploring Iowa's rivers.  Project AWARE is family friendly and available to anyone interested in helping Iowa's rivers from a beginner without any paddling experience to experienced paddlers.  Check out the Project AWARE website for more information on dates, location and how to sign-up for 2013!