Purdue Water Community

Wabash Sampling Blitz

April 17 @ 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM -

Wabash Sampling Blitz - September 12th 2:30pm-5pm!

Since the fall of 2009, volunteers throughout the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River watershed complete a snapshot assessment of water quality throughout the watershed. In the spring of 2011, we expanded to include sample sites within the Wildcat Creek watershed. Volunteers monitor temperature, water cloudiness (turbidity), nutrient levels, and pathogen concentrations. Join us for the Fall 2014 Wabash Sampling Blitz on September 12th!

How Monitoring Works?

Each volunteer group is assigned to a staging or starting location. Staging locations are assigned as sampling slots are available on a first volunteer, first assigned basis. Arrive with your partners to be assigned a group of sampling sites – sites are assigned based on location choice and selected access difficulty ranging from easy access (walk right in sites) to where you’ll need to channel your inner mountain goat (difficult). Our staging location volunteers will provide all sample collection equipment and instructions, maps, and driving directions. They will not provide you with waders, boots, dry clothes, bug spray, ivy off, or food.

Don your waders or knee boots and spend approximately two hours wading four stream sample sites. At each site, you will need to identify an appropriate access point. After entering the stream, wade to the center and fill your provided sample bottles. Then, measure stream temperature and water cloudiness with the provided thermometer and transparency tube. Once complete, photograph the stream and any unique or interesting features and travel to your next site. Once you’ve sampled all of your streams, return to your staging location to filter your samples for laboratory analysis, measure water quality with provided test strips, and download your photos.

Video 1: Introduction (5 minutes)
Video 2: Measuring Temperature (from Wisconsin; 2 minutes)
Video 3: Measuring Turbidity (from Wisconsin; 5 minutes)

Want to Volunteer?

Join 250 volunteers to collect a snapshot of the water quality of the Wabash River, Wildcat Creek, and their tributaries. Volunteer with a friend, your family, or alone and we’ll assign you a partner. Volunteer to sample your local stream, your favorite canoe spot, or try a new stream within the Wabash River or Wildcat Creek watersheds. 2014 Spring Sampling Blitz: September 12th!

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