Adopt-A-Stream workshops set

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Georgia Adopt-A-Stream will host two free workshops in December at Columbia County’s Reed Creek Wetlands Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, to promote awareness of water quality and to offer citizens with tools and training to monitor water quality. The workshops will consist of an Amphibian Monitoring Workshop and a Bacterial Monitoring Workshop.

The amphibian program will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and will include instruction on salamanders and frogs. Participants will be led along a stream or wetland identifying and calling frogs. Participants will receive a manual, with monitoring protocol and a color identification key to assist volunteer monitoring efforts.

The bacterial program will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and includes instruction on how to monitor E. coli levels in their streams. E. coli is an indicator organism that is often used to assess the water quality. Monitoring levels of E. coli can help identify possible sources of pollution. This workshop will focus on proper collection, testing and interpretation of results. Volunteers who successfully perform the bacterial monitoring and pass the written test will be considered a qualified volunteer for one year.

For more details or to register, contact Tara Muenz, 404-675-1635, or email to tara.muenz@gaepd.org.


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