A Save Our Streams (SOS) training will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, in Preston, Minn., from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is being hosted at the National Trout Center, 120 St. Anthony Street South. It is open to those new to the SOS protocol and as a refresher to already certified monitors. There is no charge but please register because space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-our-streams-training-at-the-national-trout-center-tickets-74766377247.
Biologist Jennifer Biederman of Winona State University will lead the training, which will take place indoors and stream side. Participants should dress for the weather and bring mud boots or hip waders if they have them, as well as note-taking supplies and lunch. Monitoring tools and refreshments will be provided.
Following the workshop, local monitoring teams will be formed in time to begin seasonal- and event-driven sampling in November in Southeast Minnesota. The purpose of monitoring teams is to set eyes on public waters so that when weather and environmentally challenging events happen, there is a better chance of a timely response. The workshop is not required to join a team.
The workshop is part of a collaborative between Winona State University, the National Trout Center, and the Izaak Walton League/Upper Mississippi River Initiative. If you are interested in joining a team or have related questions, please contact Caroline van Schaik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SOS protocol was designed by the Izaak Walton League of America to involve citizens in the health of their local streams and rivers. Data collected by certified SOS monitors is submitted to the Federal Water Quality Exchange, which is sourced by scientists and policy makers striving to comply with water quality mandates nation-wide. Details on SOS methods can be found at https://www.iwla.org/conservation/water/save-our-streams.