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Upcoming Events

July 4, 12PM, Arden: July 4th Lake Julian Action: Independence From Fossil Fuels! Peaceful protest on the lake. Details. Direct action training on July 2nd: details. If you can bring a canoe contact Kat Houghton, kathoughton@taconic.net.

ACP Public Hearings on Water /Wetland 401 Permits (sign up begins 5:00 pm):
July 18: Fayetteville, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Cumberland Hall Auditorium, 2201 Hull Rd.

July 20: Rocky Mount, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Nash Community College, Brown Auditorium, 522 N. Old Carriage Rd.

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