U-Idaho Extension Water Quality Monitoring Workshop Set at Moscow Sept. 7

Monday, August 20 2012

MOSCOW – A one-day workshop planned Sept. 7 will offer training to anyone interested in monitoring and protecting water quality in streams and lakes.

More than 100 volunteers have already qualified as master water stewards through similar workshops offered by the IDAH2O program sponsored by University of Idaho Extension.

Workshop participants learn water quality monitoring methods in the classroom during the morning and in the water during the afternoon. Deadline for registration is Aug. 27 online at www.uidaho.edu/cda/idah2o/workshops or by contacting Ashley McFarland, program coordinator, at idah2o@uidaho.edu or (208) 292-1287.

The workshop will be held in the University of Idaho Student Union Building’s Silver Room. The workshop fee will be $15, due at the beginning of the session.

Launched two years ago, IDAH2O gives volunteers the knowledge and tools to monitor water quality. Once certified, stewards can adopt stream sites and begin conducting habitat, chemical, physical, and biological assessments.

Data collected is submitted to the program and is made publically available so that everyone can benefit from the valuable information collected by volunteers, said Ashley McFarland, IDAH2O coordinator in Coeur d’Alene.

The eight-hour workshop at Moscow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will supply the training required to certify participants as master water stewards. They may submit their data online to a database.