SC AAS Workshop Description

Mayor of a SC city participates in water quality monitoring.

Freshwater Monitoring Workshop: Volunteers will learn why the chemical and bacteria parameters are important to aquatic life, the significance of different levels, and how these levels can be affected. Trainers will lead the volunteers through field techniques and check techniques in collecting the sample and using the kits properly. Volunteers are encouraged to sample monthly and must attend a recertification workshop annually. Individuals must pass an open book exam to become a certified volunteer and be able to enter data into the public database.

Macroinvertebrate monitoring workshop: Volunteers will learn to identify macroinvertebrates and will collect samples from a stream. Sample collection methods and habitat types are reviewed, and the rocky bottom and muddy bottom methods for collection sampling are demonstrated. The workshop participants will process the collection, complete the SC AAS data form and tally the macroinvertebrate water quality index value to assign the rating for the health of the stream.

In order to be certified, volunteers will be tested on their ability to identify macroinvertebrates and interpret the results. Volunteers are encouraged to sample quarterly and must be recertified annually to maintain certification. The recertification workshop includes a field based test in addition to a written test.

Tidal Saltwater Monitoring Workshop: The Tidal Saltwater workshop will certify individuals to become SC AAS volunteers who choose to adopt a tidal saltwater site (waterway with a salinity of over 0.5 ppt). Attendees will learn how to collect water samples and test six basic core parameters: dissolved oxygen, air temperature, water temperature, pH, salinity and transparency. Volunteers are encouraged to sample a tidal saltwater site monthly to establish valuable data on baseline conditions of your waterbody. Individuals must pass an open book exam to become a certified volunteer and be able to enter data into the public database.

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