Do you wonder if it's safe for your children or pets to play in Muddy Branch and other neighborhood streams? Fertilizer, car fluids, pet waste, sewage overflow, and many other pollutants wash into our streams every time it rains and these pollutants can be dangerous in high levels. You can check the water quality in your neighborhood – and get that information to people who can help clean up your waterways, and we can show you how.
In partnership with the City of Gaithersburg and the Muddy Branch Alliance, the Izaak Walton League will host a “Save Our Streams” Workshop on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You will learn to collect underwater insects and crustaceans – indicators of water quality – with minimal environmental impact. You will also learn to test for basic chemical properties, such as the amount of dissolved oxygen available for fish, and how to share your results through the Izaak Walton League’s user-friendly website.
At the end of the training, participants will learn about sites that need monitoring on Muddy Branch. Extra training will be available for those who want to engage children in learning about stream ecology with fun and simple hands-on activities.
The workshop will be held at the Izaak Walton League National Conservation Center, 707 Conservation Lane off of Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg. An early bird registration fee of $20 includes lunch, snacks and all books and workshop materials (a $40 value). After September 1, the registration fee increases to $30.
To register, visit http://sosworkshopmd.eventbrite.com. For more information on the workshop contact Leah Miller, Izaak Walton League Clean Water Program Director, at 301-548-0150 x219 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the City of Gaithersburg’s environmental initiatives please visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/environment or call 301-258-6330.