Prairie Rivers of Iowa staff, Squaw Creek Coalition members and other volunteers will meet Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to monitor water quality in Squaw Creek and other local streams.


“Stream monitoring is a fun way to get outdoors on a Saturday, but the data is also really useful. Volunteers with the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition helped spot a broken sewer main in 2009 and provided a lot of the water quality data that went into the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Plan in 2013,” says Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watershed Educator Dan Haug, “Moving forward, I think there’s a lot volunteers can do to educate the public about the water quality in our streams, the critters that live there and the ways that nearby neighborhoods and farmers can make a difference.”


Volunteers are asked to meet at Brookside Park at 1325 Sixth St. in Ames (follow Field Day signs). They’ll split into groups to monitor to streams in Ames, Boone and Story counties. It’s important to arrive on time, but OK if you can’t stay for the whole time.


No experience is needed, and new volunteers will be paired with seasoned members of the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear that can get wet, like old tennis shoes, rubber boots or waders, which work better than sandals. Some sites can be sampled from bridges for those with limited mobility.