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[IDEM] Hoosier Riverwatch workshops are coming to the area
Start Date: 7/12/2013Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Date: 7/12/2013End Time: 4:30 PM
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Workshops train, involve citizens in monitoring Indiana streams


Clean, abundant water is a valuable resource. Whether as a source for drinking water, water for business and industry or for recreation, it is irreplaceable. Again this year, a number of Hoosiers will become trained to help monitor this precious resource.


Hoosier Riverwatch, an Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) education program, is hosting a series of workshops around the state to train people to monitor local streams and rivers.


“Besides teaching people the basics of stream monitoring, Hoosier Riverwatch workshops foster an understanding and appreciation for conservation,” said Thomas Easterly, IDEM commissioner. “For many volunteers, helping with stream monitoring fulfills a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Participating in Hoosier Riverwatch is a great way for people to learn and help protect our water for future generations.”


The following workshops are scheduled in July.


Monroe County

·        Tuesday, July 16 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Twin Lakes Lodge, Bloomington.

Tippecanoe County

·        Thursday, July 18 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Brier Environmental Education Center, Tippecanoe Battlefield, Battle Ground.


The one-day workshops will provide general education in water-quality issues and hands-on training in monitoring the health of rivers and streams through physical, chemical and biological testing. Upon completion of the training, volunteers will be ready to perform stream testing for a wide variety of possible pollutants. They will then submit their data to a statewide volunteer monitoring data base, which is available for the public to see.  


Hoosier Riverwatch is a statewide education program that focuses on local river and stream stewardship. To date, nearly 5,000 people have participated in Hoosier Riverwatch. Hundreds of youth and adult organizations, including watershed and river protection groups, churches, 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, municipalities, and schools, monitor their local water quality each year.


“The training is for anyone interested in learning about water quality and gaining hands-on experience in monitoring rivers and streams,” said Lisa Ritter-McMahan, Hoosier Riverwatch Coordinator. “People interested in the environment, including educators, are invited to attend.”


Hoosier Riverwatch was formerly managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and is now sponsored by the Watershed Assessment and Planning Branch in IDEM’s Office of Water Quality. More information, including a complete 2013 workshop schedule, as well as monitoring locations and data collected by program graduates is posted at Training is free for volunteers, but class size is limited. A reservation is required to attend. The public can direct questions to Lisa Ritter-McMahan, Hoosier Riverwatch Coordinator, at (317) 308-3392 or


Members of the media who are interested in observing a workshop are asked to contact IDEM public information officer Barry Sneed in advance, at (317) 232-8596 or  


About IDEM

IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.



Contact Information:
Name: Barry Sneed
Phone: (317) 232-8596
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Announcements
  • Seminars/Workshops
  • Category:
  • Business & Agriculture
  • Agency Name
    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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