Hoosier Riverwatch - Riffles & Pools, Summer 2019

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Spring’s arrival is heralded by wildflowers such as the trillium, anemones,
and others seen here. Seeing these along your creek site is a sign of
little disturbance.

McCormick’s Creek State Park, Owen County, Indiana


Greetings Riverwatchers!

So glad things have greened up again! It is certainly a welcome sight. Our thoughts go out to many who are experiencing challenging floods this year in our fair state and all across the nation and globe.

We have had four great workshops so far this year; three more by the time this edition reaches you. With 18 more instructors trained to teach E. coli workshops now, those of you who have or will soon be trained in a basic workshop should find it easier to get trained in advanced stream monitoring.

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Watershed Success Stories: Lower Clifty Creek

Lower Clifty Creek flows through south central Indiana in Bartholomew County, just southeast of Columbus. Agriculture is the watershed’s primary land use. Two small streams, Sloan Branch and an unnamed tributary from Suhre Lake, contribute flow to lower Clifty Creek, which in turn empties into the East Fork White River.

Exceedances of E. coli (i.e., recreational use standard) limits in 2002 were traced back to nonpoint source run-off from manure spread on pastures and crops, livestock operations, leaking and failing septic systems, and wildlife. Additional point sources of E. coli in the basin included three small community wastewater treatment plants. However, the plants have no history of violations, which supports IDEM’s assertion that nonpoint sources were the cause of the E. coli impairments in the lower part of Clifty Creek.

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Hoosier Riverwatch Stream Sampling Kit Reminders

IDEM is now accepting applications for 2019 Riverwatch sampling equipment kits. If you have taken—or are registered to attend—a Riverwatch basic training workshop and are part of a school, government, or nonprofit group that is interested in stream sampling in Indiana, you and your group are eligible to apply for a kit.

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Upcoming Workshops

A Hoosier Riverwatch Basic Training workshop will introduce you to hands-on water quality monitoring methods. You will learn about aquatic habitat and practice chemical and biological assessment techniques. Each workshop is held both indoors and outdoors unless weather or water conditions prohibit otherwise. All interested persons age 18 and over are welcome to attend. Once trained, certified educators are qualified to teach these methods and topics to their students.

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