National Trout Center Citizen Science Project
Trout Stream Water Quality Assessment
The National Trout Center (NTC) is seeking 30 individuals interested in helping establish and maintain a sophisticated stormwater and water quality monitoring system in the Whitewater River and Garvin Brook Watersheds of Winona County. No experience is necessary but personal transportation is required. The WSU/NTC team will provide training, support and reimbursement of transportation expenses and can provide a stipend for selected citizen science participants.
Under the leadership of Stream Ecologist Dr. Neal Mundahl of Winona State University, and of Environmental Chemist, Dr. Bill Arnold, of the University of Minnesota, and their Graduate Students have established a water quality network of sampling devices. Starting the summer of 2018 the NTC is training an action network of citizen scientists.
Volunteers will work closely with the University Scientists and the scientific NTC staff and volunteers including Director, Biologist Kelsey Hoffmann, Fisheries Professor Emeritus Dr. George Spangler, and Professional Geologist Jeffrey S. Broberg. The team will be trained and coordinated to respond to episodic run-off events that increase the flow and turbidity of trout Streams in Winona County Mn.
Trained Citizen Scientists will observe and monitor water quality and aquatic life, and will assist in technical sample collection for laboratory analysis of nutrients, bacteria and a variety of common ag-chemicals found in the water and sediments under baseline and stormwater runoff conditions.
Seven automated trout stream sampling sites, two each in the North, Middle and South Forks of the Whitewater River and one in Garvin Brook, will automatically take baseline water samples and sequential water samples as the river levels rise following runoff events. Citizen’s will assist in both stream observations and in the careful documentation, handling and delivery of water samples in these trout streams.
The current 2-year study, funded by Minnesota’s Environmental and Natural Resource Trust Fund, is designed to develop a more responsive automated water quality warning system that engages landowners, land managers, citizen scientists and researchers. The 12-page work plan can be found on the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) website, here: https://www.lccmr.leg.mn/projects/2017/work_plans_june/_2017_04d.pdf
If interested contact Kelsey Hoffmann firstname.lastname@example.org for an application