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Upcoming Events

March 4-19, Eastern NC: Walk To Protect Our People And The Places Where We Live
Join APPPL for a Walk along the NC ACP route. The walk will begin in Northampton County, and end in Richmond County near Hamlet. Details.

Weigh in on closure plans for Riverbend Steam Station: March 16, 6PM (sign up to speak at 5:30PM) at Gaston College, Myers Auditorium, 201 Hwy. U.S. 321, Dallas.

March 26, 9AM-4PM, UNC Asheville: western NC stream volunteer training. RSVP to (828) 357-7411 / Eqilabstaff@gmail.com. $15-20 Donation requested, but not required. View more information.

March 27, 6-8PM, Boone: Water Justice Forum. Sponsored by Department of Sustainable Development and the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club at ASU. Presentations by Dr. Kelsey Pieper, VA Tech, and Katie Hicks, CWFNC. Details.

WNC Stream Monitoring

Stream Monitoring Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer by taking part in the Stream Monitoring Information Exchange (SMIE)! With the help of the Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) participants have the opportunity to learn various stream sampling methods and benthic organism identification which provides insight into the health of watersheds in the area. Volunteers sample streams in western North Carolina every fall and spring.

To be added to the list for upcoming stream monitoring opportunities please email Gracia O’Neill, graciaoneill@yahoo.com.

Flattened scraper mayflyJoin over 100 local volunteers and help sample local streams for water quality! Learn to identify different kinds of aquatic insects and why they are important for healthy rivers and creeks. Adult volunteers will be trained in water quality sampling methods for use in a long-term monitoring project at sites in Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Yancey and Mitchell Counties. No experience necessary.

Volunteer Expectations: Attend a training (typically offered in fall and spring), then work in small groups with leaders to sample a minimum of 2 sites (only 2-3 hours for a group to sample one site), 2 times – spring and fall.

SMIE Online Training

1. Introduction to SMIE, Stream Ecology

2. Biomonitoring Sampling Technique

3. Macroinvertabrate Identification (Bugs 101)

4. Habitat Assessment

5. Biomonitoring Quiz