Check Your Watershed Day – July 16, 2011

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Event Details:
What is “Check Your Watershed Day”?
Check Your Watershed Day is a 1-day stream survey where volunteers are out sampling the streams in their watershed.

In Stream Teams of 2-4, volunteers will check the temperatures of small streams at road crossings and take photos of each culvert they visit.

Volunteers will be trained on how to take the temperature readings and where to take their photos. You will also be provided health and safety training and all the maps and equipment needed to carry out the monitoring.

This information will help to build a better understanding of the health of the water in the upper watershed in a single point in time. It will also help to inform stewardship activities and management of the watershed.

What Happens on “Check Your Watershed Day”?
• Volunteers will meet at 1:00pm at Terra Cotta Conservation Area to receive training and equipment and to meet up with other members of your group
• Stream Teams will head to their assigned sites (approximately 4 to 6) to take temperature readings and photos. All sites are located at road crossings. Each team will need the use of a personal vehicle to access sites. Please note that mileage will not be covered by CVC.
• Stream Teams (or an individual on the team) will return data sheets and equipment to one of CVC’s Conservation Areas (Island Lake Conservation Area, Belfountain Conservation Area, Ken Whillans Resource Area, Terra Cotta Conservation Area)
• Stream Teams can expect to be finished around 4:00pm

Details:
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time: 1:00pm – approx. 4:00pm
Location: Training provided at Terra Cotta Conservation Area
Data collection to take place in Upper Watershed (Orangeville, Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills areas)

Requirements of Volunteers:
• Volunteers will work in stream teams of 2 or 3. Volunteers may sign up independently and CVC will match you with a group. Volunteers can also sign up with some friends or family to create your own stream team.

• Each group will need:
o A car to access their assigned sites. Mileage (gas) will not be covered by CVC
o A digital camera and the ability to forward photos back to CVC
o A cell phone

• Each person must:
o Wear rubber boots or waders
o Wear long pants
o Have good mobility, as some access points may be steep and/or unstable
o Be 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent

• Other useful, but not required, items:
o GPS
o First Aid Kit
o Back pack
o Water bottle

Registration is Mandatory:
• Please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1735289297
• For further information please contact: Annabel Krupp at akrupp@creditvalleyca.ca or 905-670-1615

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