Friday, December 6, 2013

Trout Unlimited seeking volunteers

Jim Fregonara of the WVDNR has requested that the following volunteer opportunity be announced:



Trout Unlimited to start new water quality program

First training session will be held at the Wood Technology Center, 10, 11th St., Elkins

Call or email to register on or before Wed 11th Dec.
An agenda will be emailed to registered participants.
Cost free.
Lunch provided.  

The program is being developed throughout the state to have volunteers that are able to identify potential issues resulting from shale gas drilling. The volunteers will be trained on collecting data on pH, conductivity, turbidity and stream cross-sectional area. They will also be trained on how to identify visual indicators of potential issues. Over the next few months I will be holding six different trainings throughout the state for any interested volunteers. Once trained the volunteers are asked to monitor on a biweekly basis so it is a bit of a commitment but the actual monitoring only takes about 15 minutes. Monitoring sites are going to be chosen based on volunteer interest, native trout populations, and the potential for shale gas development in the surrounding area. Our first training is going to be held in Elkins at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center on Saturday December 14th from 9am – 2:30pm. Let me know if you have any other specific questions. I will be happy to answer them for you!

Best,

Jaimie

Jaimie Holmes
WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator
Trout Unlimited
(304)-614-6699 cell
(304)-463-4011 work


Trout Unlimited to start new water quality program
November 8, 2013
The Inter-Mountain
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Trout Unlimited and its West Virginia Council are partnering with the West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WVRC) to initiate a new volunteer water quality monitoring program.
The program will focus on training volunteers to monitor coldwater resources in West Virginia and Virginia that have the potential to be impacted by the increasing shale gas development.
The goals of the project are twofold. First, to educate volunteers about the potential impacts to fish and wildlife resources in the shale gas region of West Virginia and Virginia and train volunteers to effectively monitor the water quality in these areas. And second, to work with these trained volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring in all priority watersheds that have been identified by WVRC and TU's science team as critical for protecting ecologically significant lands and waters.
 

To register for the Dec. 14 training or for more information, call Jaimie Holmes at 304 614 6699 or email jholmes@tu.org

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