Saturday, May 28, 2011

Southwest Ohio Stream Monitoring Program

Greenville Ohio - Stream Quality Monitoring Project (SQM) had its beginnings in the 1970’s as a program for the Fur, Fish, and Game 4H Club in Darke County Ohio. The program, developed by their Advisor Susan Gray, was used to determine the quality of the water using macroinvertebrates. Macroinvertebrates are organisms with no backbone and can be seen with the naked eye. This method is now used to evaluate water quality.

The State Scenic Rivers SQM Project, established in 1983 with the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, is now under the direction of ODNR’s, Division of Watercraft. The three scenic rivers in Southwest Ohio, Greenville Creek, Stillwater River, the Little Miami River, have SQM sites, which are monitored by citizen volunteers. The SQM project relies on volunteers to monitor these sites three times a year during the monitoring season.

Volunteers are trained by Scenic River’s staff. Training can be at the convenience of the volunteer or the volunteer can attend one of the prescheduled training dates. After the training the necessary tools and materials needed to monitor the sites will be provided. The SQM project works well for individuals, clubs, organizations or groups, if you or your group would enjoy learning what lies below the surface and the water quality of these rivers consider becoming a volunteer.

For further information or to schedule a training date contact: Bob Welch, SQM
Coordinator, Southwest Scenic Rivers, at, glenn.welch@dnr.state.oh us, or call 937-968-3514 Hm, 937-423-1596 Cell

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