Creek­watch­ers needed for lo­cal wa­ter­ways

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CENTREVILLE — Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy is seek­ing volunteers to join their Creek­watch­ers pro­gram on the Wye River, Cox Creek, Crab Al­ley and Har­ris Creek. Creek­watcher teams con­duct wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing at some 115 sites on nine rivers and East­ern Bay. Volunteers mea­sure salin­ity, tem­per­a­ture, wa­ter clar­ity, and dis­solved oxy­gen, and test for ni­tro­gen, phos­pho­rus, and chloro­phyll a con­cen­tra­tions. MRC pro­vides all equip­ment and train­ing nec­es­sar y for volunteers to col­lect the sam­ples. The only re­quire­ment of volunteers is ac­cess to a boat.

Data col­lected by Creek­watch­ers is a vi­tal com­po­nent in pro­duc­ing MRC’s an­nual State of the Mid­shore Rivers Re­port Card. The data is also shared with other agen­cies to help mon­i­tor trends in wa­ter qual­ity.

Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the restora­tion, pro­tec­tion, and cel­e­bra­tion of the wa­ter­ways that com­prise the Chop­tank River, East­ern Bay, Miles River, and Wye River water­sheds. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mid­shoreriver­keeper.org.

In­ter­ested Creek­watcher volunteers may con­tact Tasha at keitasha@mid­shoreriver­keeper.org or call 443-385-0511 to learn more about the pro­gram.

Creek­watcher Dick Bemis uses a YSI me­ter to mea­sure wa­ter qual­ity pa­ram­e­ters.

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