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Become a stream monitor! Photo by Tracy Lind, PEC.

Interested in volunteering? The Piedmont Environmental Council is partnering with Clarke County and the Friends of the Shenandoah River to monitor streams in Clarke County. Become a Certified Water Quality Monitor: Visit streams, count bugs and record data to help the community and organizations better understand our waterways.

The information we collect will help us better understand the health of our waterways and the connections between streamside lands and how they are managed and water quality in the streams. The data will help us inform and educate the community. We can share potential solutions, programs and financial assistance to help improve land conditions that negatively impact our waterways.

We’re looking for volunteers to help monitor stream sites in Clarke County. This involves teams of 3-4 that collect, identify and record macroinvertebrates (bugs) and observations of site conditions.

Training and certification according to Izaak Walton League’s Virginia Save Our Streams protocol is provided. All monitoring equipment is supplied. Volunteers will need to have appropriate dress and personal supplies for being outside for a couple of hours, including being in a stream for a period of time.

Time Frame / Commitment:

Each visit will take approximately two hours, not including drive-time. Monitoring will most likely occur once a month in April, July, and October. The weather may alter scheduling.

Mandatory Training / Certification Optional:

Held in Clarke County on April 23 (classroom portion / 5:30pm-7pm) and April 25 (stream portion / 10am-11:30am) at the Shenandoah University Cool Spring Campus, Bluemont. Certification is optional.

Want to know more?

Join us on April 18th for a hands-on demo about water quality monitoring in Boyce or visit:

Volunteers are also needed to collect water samples for bacteria and chemical testing by Friends of the Shenandoah River.

Sign up!

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, sign up online at:

You can use any of the three website links to sign up!

Have other questions? Contact PEC's Potomac Field Representative, Tracy Lind, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (540) 347-2334 ext. 7066.


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