Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (GAAS) involves local communities in water quality assessment and protection. The program builds partnerships to protect our most precious resource-water. The primary goals of the program are to:
increase public awareness of the state's nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues
provide citizens with the tools and training to evaluate and protect their local waterways
Encourage partnerships between citizens and their local government
Collect quality baseline water quality data
UPCOMING CLASSES :
Next month we will have both Chemical and Macroinvertebrate Workshops in November.
Chemical Monitoring Workshop Tuesday, November 15, 5-9pm at Georgia Wildlife Federation, 11600 Hazelbrand Road, Covington, 30014
This event is hosted by Yellow River Water Trail, held at GWF, and sponsored by the City of Covington, that provides supplies.
The Chemical Monitoring workshop is designed to teach volunteers about basic stream water chemistry and how to conduct the chemical tests using hand-held field equipment. The basic set of tests that volunteers are asked to conduct includes dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and temperature. Volunteers are given a field test and written test to assess their ability to collect accurate and precise data. Volunteers who collect data within 10% accuracy and pass the written test with a score of 80% or better will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year.
Please come dressed appropriately for water sampling in a nearby creek. (Rubber boots, insect repellant, etc.) We will proceed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring something to eat during a break. We have a microwave and frig. available.
Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Workshop Saturday, November 19, 9am-2pm (Location to be determined. We would like to access the shoals below the Yellow River dam in Porterdale for the field work.)
This event is hosted by Yellow River Water Trail and sponsored by the City of Covington, that provides supplies.
Learn how to sample the biological aspects of a stream. The macro invertebrates (insects, mollusks, & crustaceans) found in a stream are excellent indicators of the condition of both water quality and habitat. This workshop will focus on collection techniques for both rocky or muddy bottom streams and macro invertebrate identification. A quality assurance test is available at the end of the workshop for those who wish to test their skills. Volunteers who identify the macro invertebrates with 90% accuracy and pass the written test with a score of 80% or better will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year. Please come dressed appropriately for water sampling in a nearby creek. (Rubber boots, insect repellant, etc.) We will proceed rain or shine. We will be taking a lunch break.