Adopt-a-Stream volunteers conduct two types of water quality monitoring:
Click here to visit the calendar.Adopted streams are monitored by a committed team of volunteers four times a year, May through September. We train the teams and provide all the equipment and supplies. Depending on the location of the stream, it takes two-four hours to complete each monitoring session.
The following streams have been adopted:
To join a team or adopt a stream, sign up to volunteer here.
One of the four annual monitoring days is coordinated with a statewide water quality monitoring day called Snapshot Day. Snapshot Day is the one day each year when the water quality of the entire Tahoe-Truckee watershed is measured simultaneously providing a “snapshot” of the water quality of the region.
Registration is required for Snapshot Day. Please visit snapshotday.org and click on "Register Here" to register for this region-wide event.
Volunteers collect and identify benthic macroinvertebrates from local streams. Benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs) include aquatic insects and other types of organisms. The types of aquatic organisms found in a stream are strong indicators of water quality. Some types of BMIs are able to tolerate certain levels of pollution, and other types are very intolerant of poor water quality. We follow the standard California protocols for collection and analysis.
Volunteers participate in field sampling events each summer and twice monthly lab sessions each winter. The summer sampling events are on weekend mornings or weekday evenings. Come prepared to get in the creek and have some fun with bugs! During each session volunteers will learn field collection techniques and habitat assessment skills. The winter lab sessions are held weekday evenings at the Truckee River Watershed Council offices. Volunteers sort and identify the macroinvertebrates and record the findings.
Experienced folks and newcomers are equally welcome to both the field and lab sessions.
Dates are posted here.
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