Asbury, NJ  The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) River Watcher Program is offering free paraprofessional stream monitoring workshops for those 16 years or older who are interested in helping MWA collect scientific data on river water quality.  MWA will assign trainees to teams that will monitor one of seven river locations during the last weekends in April, July, October and January.

The workshops will take place at the MWA River Resource Center at 10 Maple Avenue, Asbury, NJ 08802 in Warren County:

Chemical Assessment workshop: March 24, 9am-2pm

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Ecological Assessment workshop: March 25, 9am-4:30pm or March 31, 9am-4:30pm

The Chemical Assessment workshop will cover monitoring temperature, discharge (flow), dissolved oxygen, nitrates, pH, discharge and turbidity.  The Ecological Assessment workshops will include overviews of both visual habitat and biological assessment methods.  Workshops include field, classroom and lab work.

The data the teams gather will inform MWA about general stream health and pollution levels, which are used to assess stream and land restoration projects.  This information is also shared with municipalities and various agencies and can provide citizens with a better understanding how to protect the health of families, pets, livestock and wildlife.

Please call the MWA at (908) 537-7060 or email Water Quality Program Coordinator, Nancy Lawler, at nancy@musconetcong.org to reserve your seat.  More information about these trainings can be found at www.musconetcong.org/water-quality-monitoring.  You may also contact NJ Watershed Ambassador, Alex Cavarotti, at ambassador@musconetcong.org for information about additional trainings.

The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River and its Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources.