Learn how to help protect and improve water quality in northern Indiana at Celebrate Water Quality Day at Potato Creek State Park, July 13.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., park naturalists and staff from local environmental consulting firm Cardno JFNew will lead activities that include a guided hike through wetlands and expert talks on mussels, fish and other aquatic organisms that live in Potato and Pine creeks.
Participants also can learn about threats to water quality and learn how to collect water samples and test water quality.
The tentative schedule is (all times are EDT):
— 10-11 a.m., Wetland Walk: Hike with a naturalist to learn how important wetlands are. Meet at the Friends Trail parking lot.
— 1–1:30 p.m., Mussels and Fish: Learn the different mussels and fish found in the Pine Creek Watershed — at the nature center
— 1:30–2 p.m., Problems in Our Watershed: Learn how invasive aquatic plants diminish water quality — at the nature center
— 3–4 p.m., Creek Peek: Get your feet wet and learn about sampling methods used in the Pine Creek Watershed. Meet at the campground gate
— 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Zoom Into the Pine Creek Watershed: Stop by the Nature Center Auditorium any time to see aquatic critters that live in our watershed. Microscopes and educational information will be available.
This program is part of a year-long study to evaluate water quality in the Pine Creek watershed, which includes Potato and Pine creeks and Worster Lake. The study receives funding from the Indiana DNR’s Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) grant program.
Potato Creek State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2972.htm) is at 25601 State Road 4, North Liberty, 46554.