To become a Certified Volunteer Monitor, you must attend a Basic Riverwatch training workshop. Workshops are held around the state (generally from May-October), are free and open to the public, and provide hands-on monitoring experience. Once certified, volunteers may submit water quality data to the Hoosier Riverwatch database.
Introduces citizens and educators to water quality monitoring utilizing hands-on habitat, chemical, and biological assessment methods. Participants gain experience and skills in the use of chemical monitoring kits and aquatic insect collection and identification. The sessions are held both inside and outdoors. After completion of this training, participants become "Certified Volunteer Monitors" and are qualified to submit data to the statewide volunteer stream monitoring database. Any interested adult is welcome to attend, and once certified, may teach students how to monitor.
These special topic workshops are open to any interested citizen and cover a variety of topics including: invasive species identification and their impact on Indiana's water resources, integrating water quality and human health using the Healthy Water, Healthy People curricula, incorporating service learning and civic action through Protecting Our Watersheds guided process.
Workshops may vary from 2-8 hours in length depending on the topic. Pre-registration is required. Some workshops are presented in cooperation with partner programs and may have a fee.
Requires water monitoring experience, submission of an application, and acceptance into the program. Volunteer Instructors conduct Riverwatch training workshops and are local contacts for other volunteer monitors.