Algae Monitoring Initiative…We Are Looking for Volunteer Monitors for 2014
As many of you know, the amount of algae in the North Fork has increased significantly over the last 8 years. It has been choking out native grasses and impairing our enjoyment of the river when fishing, paddling and swimming. While it is clear that the river is “impaired” by excess algae much of the summer, government action may be predicated on being able to measure the amounts of algae in various parts of the river. With this in mind, the US EPA has funded an effort by the Interstate Commission of the Potomac River Basin to develop and test a river algae monitoring protocol.
We are in need of three to five teams of two or three people who are willing to help with this important work. The effort will involve surveying algae growth at a selected transect of the river twice a month through October. This effort requires wading across the river during each survey, so there is some risk involved. You would need to be comfortable wading the river and knowing when not to do so, due to river level or turbidity.
Training of volunteers occurred in mid-May. A second training date will be announced soon. If you are still interested in joining the monitoring team, please let us know. If you do not have a partner for this effort, we will team you up with someone else. If you are not up to this effort, perhaps you know someone who would be willing to help.
Interested? Questions? Please get in touch with John Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Friends office at 540-459-8550540-459-8550 .
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