Trib Watch is a volunteer monitoring program that seeks to broaden the baseline information on the health and water quality (WQ) of streams throughout the Millers Watershed. MRWC will conduct a number of sampling approaches, and for each; Volunteers will be needed to help collect the data. Which type of sampling interests you? Question? contact us.
2013 TW News:
MRWC partners with a UMass climate change study to begin a long term stream temperature study. In this era of concern over climate change, MRWC is pleased to announce a new long-term monitoring effort. Digital temperature loggers (provided by UMass) are being installed throughout the entire watershed. We are looking for Volunteers can also assist with monitoring. Given the importance of water temperature to aquatic life, we expect the long-term data generated to be of significant interest to people in the Millers basin and beyond. Contact us to learn more.
Stream Continuity/Culvert Survey Project: MRWC has begun to survey the condition of culverts and stream crossings across the watershed. Failing culverts restrict fish and small wildlife passage and risk road wash-outs. The ongoing survey will identify and help prioritize where crossing improvements are needed. We need volunteers this spring/summer/fall and team leaders. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about this effort.
Program components:1. Macro-invertebrates: Bugs Volunteer screening program using modified CT DEP procedures MRWC identifies list of target streams, target 3-6/year Create 3-4 “Bug” teams, 3 people each, hold training Volunteers “kick” 6 spots along stream and seek “most wanted” bugs Volunteers do basic “family” ID at stream, save small sample MRWC has sample professionally ID to certify species Benefit: Identifies if stream has good health & supports WQ sensitive bugs 2. Stream Temperatures Phase 1: use digital/spirit thermometers, weekly checks. Thermometers QC to NIST lab thermometer Volunteer has specific site, follows procedure, records temp MRWC creates database of temp, sample April-November Phase 2: HOBO long term temp sensor deployment Benefit: Begin long term baseline (climate warming & CWF review) 3. Stream Flow Establish basic gage system at fixed point. Weekly visit to check flow (& temp) Volunteer has specific site, notes level on gage stick MRWC works with RIFLS to create rating curve, creates database Benefit Long term baseline info May provide early indicator of changing stream conditions 4. Stream Continuity – culverts Survey culverts per UMass protocols and record data Form volunteer survey teams, 2-3 people (partner w/TU) Hold trainings in spring Target priority streams first Benefit: Identify stream sites needing continuity improvements Bad Culvert design/conditions restrict wildlife stream migration List of culverts needing improvements can help with planning 5. Bac-T & Chemistry – lab/probe (future) Bac-T on main stem, recreational areas (continue existing) Consider bac-t @ trib sites where active recreation (need funding) Possible bac-t source tracking program (need funding) Invest in 2-3 probe units for phys/chem parameters Coordinate probe usage w/volunteer teams @ temp/flow sites Use simple probe units if cost reasonable pH, conductivity, simple wand probe Benefit: Baseline for phys/chem data may provide early WQ indicator bac-t info in additional areas further tracks stream health