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Schuylkill Water Stewards Fall Class #3
November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
This class will focus on riparian buffers and impacts of historic land uses on stream health. Field training will continue development of sampling technique and habitat assessments.
About Schuylkill Water Stewards
The French, Hay, and Pickering Creeks of northern Chester County and Berks County are vital tributaries to the Schuylkill River. Join the effort to study them and keep them beautiful as a Schuylkill Water Steward (SWS) volunteer!
As a Schuylkill Water Steward, you will participate in four engaging training sessions that emphasize hands-on training in the field; you will learn about the science of healthy watersheds, threats to our local streams, water quality sampling and watershed health assessment, and more. Upon completion of the training classes, SWS volunteers commit to 20 hours of volunteer work monitoring and protecting area streams, by:
- Conducting quarterly water quality monitoring;
- Documenting stormwater events and effects;
- Assessing stream habitat;
- Observing and recording aquatic wildlife;
- and more! Possible volunteer opportunities may include planting and managing streamside buffers and monitoring amphibian migration events.
SWS volunteers play an important role in a multi-state, science-based effort to protect and restore the greater Delaware River Watershed.
The SWS Program is a partnership between GVWA, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Natural Lands Trust, Pennsylvania Audubon, Hay Creek Watershed Association, and Berks Nature. Major funding for the Schuylkill Water Stewards is provided by the William Penn Foundation as part of its multi-state, science-based initiative to protect and restore the Delaware River Watershed.
Volunteers must attend at least 3 of the 4 classes:
- Class 1 (October 28): Program Introduction; Biodiversity Monitoring; Sampling Demonstration & Practice
- Class 2 (November 4): Land Issues and Water Quality: Stormwater
- Class 3 (November 18): Riparian Buffers; Legacy Sediments
- Class 4 (TBA)