Event Information: Cumberland County Stream Team workshop, June 11, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
On June 11, 2019 the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) held the first Stream Team Workshop for Cumberland County. Out of the marvelous 25 participants, I had the opportunity to train four people on how to assess water quality in their local streams. Don, Steph, Janey, and Randy were all amazing and did a wonderful job in their training. Before this, all participants learned about ALLARM and the Stream Team protocol where Julie Vastine and Helen Schlimm talked about ALLARM’s mission, Stream Team goals, volunteer expectations, and parameters of water temperature, pH, conductivity, and nitrate-nitrogen. They also emphasized safety for our volunteer monitors via visual assessment before they collect their water samples in their streams. There are 12 sites that will be monitored on a monthly basis, in both the Conodoguinet and Yellow Breeches watersheds. My highlight of the evening was working with Janey and Randy because I met them at ALLARM’s Institute for Lifelong Learning through Bosler Library back in February and they showed an interest in pursuing volunteer monitoring in the future. Overall, the first Cumberland County Stream Team Workshop was a success and we are thankful to all the participants that are interested in stream monitoring and becoming a part of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring Family.