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Waukesha County seeking volunteers to monitor streams

Nature's State

Your link to Wisconsin’s land, air and water resources

April 24, 2012

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

April 24, 2012 0

More citizen volunteers are needed to check the health of Waukesha County rivers and creeks.

Volunteer monitors currently check segments of 13 streams, said Jayne Jenks, a conservation specialist with the Waukesha County Parks and Land Use Department.

Those waterways include the Pewaukee, Bark and Scuppernong rivers, Brandy Brook, and nine streams: Battle, Coco, Deer, Genesee, Jericho, Mason, Pebble, Scuppernong and Spring. More could be added to the list if additional monitors step forward.

A one-day training session is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 12 at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha field station off Waterville Road. Call Jenks at (262) 896-8305 to register for the training day.

Bring your own lunch, and hip boots or waders if you have them. If not, please provide Jenks with your shoe size.

New recruits will learn how to measure the amount of dissolved oxygen in a stream, take the temperature of water and check how turbid or clear the water appears. Each volunteer will wade in Scuppernong Creek on May 12 as part of the training.

For information on the program, send Jenks an email: jjenks@waukeshacounty.gov.

The field station is located east of Waterville Road, about 3/4-mile south of state Highway 18.

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About Don Behm

Don Behm reports on Milwaukee County government, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the environment and communities in southeastern Wisconsin. He has won reporting awards for investigations of Great Lakes water pollution, Milwaukee's cryptosporidiosis outbreak, and the deaths of three sewer construction workers in a Menomonee Valley methane explosion.

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