Fall Benthic Stream Monitoring Opportunities


UPDATE: FOMR (Friends of the Middle River) has had to scrap our first set of dates for benthic monitoring at our 9 sites due to persistent flood conditions. We are uncertain as to when and if we will be able to do this volunteer activity this fall, but if we can, it will be ASAP in October. Keep and eye on the “upcoming events” on our website for new dates or let us know you are interested and we’ll make sure you get an email.

Website: http://www.friendsofthemiddleriver.org
Email: info [at] friendsofthemiddleriver.org

Friends of the Middle River is planning to monitor our benthic sites in late September and early October. We always welcome any volunteers who want to pitch in and pick and count critters or just see what we do and how we go about assessing stream health. (The species and quantity of certain aquatic insects indicate stream health).

This is always a fluid process (no pun intended) since we are dependent on the weather (peak hurricane season coming up), stream flows, and the schedules of our certified monitors.

It usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours to monitor a site. You don’t have to get wet, but dress appropriately, bring a camp chair, sun screen, insect repellent. If you have questions or want to help, send an email to info [at] friendsofthemiddleriver.org

Schedule as of September 5, 2018:

Date Time Site Leader Meet at
Sep. 16 1 pm Cline Lane Ann Cline DGIF office, Verona
Sep. 21 9 am River Ridge Sherry Stanley and Sarah Jordan the first house on the right in River Ridge off Limestone Rd., Verona
Sep. 22 9 am Summerdean Whit Morriss Churchville Library
Sep. 22 2 pm Cattleman’s Rd. Paul Bugas Churchville Library
Sep. 23 1 pm Damtown Sherry Stanley and Sarah Jordan DGIF office, Verona
Sep. 29 11:30 am Dogback Pete Cooper Churchville Library
Sep. 30 1 pm Honeysuckle Hill Adrie Voors On-Site
Sep. 30 1:30 pm Eastwood Phillip Davis Churchville Library
Oct. 7 12:30 pm Greenhills Pete Cooper Churchville Library

Churchville Library: 3714 Churchville Ave, Churchville
DGIF office: 517 Lee Highway, Verona

– Kate Guenther, Cohort I, Watershed Administrator, Friends of the Middle River
September 2018

More about the FOMR stream monitoring program including site locations and past results HERE.

Photo at top shows Ann Cline, Cohort I, sampling at her site on Cline Lane in April 2016