The 3rd annual water quality workshop will be convened at the National Trout Center in mid-February, 2016. This year we will feature both a free nitrate testing clinic for water samples brought in by SE Minnesota residents, and a low-cost class offered in cooperation with the River Roots Skills School.
When: Saturday, February 20th 2016, from 10 am until 2:00 pm
Where: National Trout Center , 120 St. Anthony St. S, Preston, MN
Bring: Water samples from wells, streams, springs or tile lines for free nitrate analysis by the Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).
This Citizen Science Project hosted by the NTC and sponsored by Fillmore SWCD is in its third year of developing a data base on the water quality of the base flow in local streams. Data from this program supplements studies conducted by the Minnesota Geological survey and Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Instructions: Collect samples in any small, clean container (less than a cup), including zip lock plastic bags, clean bottles or jars. Label the side of the container with the date, time, location (stream and nearest road crossing) and who collected the sample. Water samples can be collected in advance if the samples are kept cool and unfrozen. Samples brought in before 1:00 pm will be tested at the Center. The well data will be kept private but the spring and stream data will be posted on a regional map at the NTC and shared with the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District.
Check in with our website after February 20 for postings on the results of this year’s workshop.
Skills School Water Quality Class–$20 fee; 1:30-3:30 pm at National Trout Center
Participants will be introduced to the basic physical, chemical and biological attributes used to characterize the quality of atmospheric, surface and groundwaters. Included will be discussion of features such as:
- lakes, streams, reservoirs and aquifers
- solubility, dissolved gasses, BOD, COD
- organic and inorganic chemical components
- physical characteristics–transparency, temperature, color, salinity
- biological components–bacteria, viruses, parasites, detritus processors
- testing and sampling devices for assessing water quality
- human and animal health considerations
- conservation, mitigation, and restoration of water supplies
- laws, regulation, and jurisdictions
Jeff Broberg, professional geologist and manager, WSB & Associates, Rochester, MN
Mr. Broberg is an environmental engineer, a member of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, and expert in land-use issues related to karst geology in the Driftless Area of the upper midwest.
George Spangler, Prof. Emeritus, University of Minnesota
Prof. Spangler is a retired professor of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology whose research and teaching encompass aquatic biology, fisheries science and fisheries management in the Great Lakes and upper midwest.
Please register for this class by clicking this link.