Friends of the Cheat will host a Save our Streams training event starting at 10am Friday at the Cheat River Festival Site in Albright.
West Virginia Save our Streams Coordinator Tim Craddock will lead a hands-on workshop teaching techniques used to complete a stream bio-assessment. The bio-assessment consists of three basic elements: water quality analysis, physical characterizations, and an assessment of the benthic macroinvertebrate community.
Benthic macroinvertebrates are the small, but visible, invertebrates that live on the bottom of streams. A majority of the day will be spent collecting and identifying benthic macroinvertebrates.
Macros provide food for fish and other important freshwater dwellers. The quantity and types of macros found help determine the health of a stream. Two very different streams will be examined during the training: A stream polluted with acid mine drainage, Muddy Creek at its mouth, and a healthy stream, the Muddy Creek headwaters.
Anyone interested in participating should RSVP to: Andrew Miller, 304-329-3621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.