Volunteers needed for Wabash River stream sampling

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LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) – The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation announced more volunteers are needed for this year’s Wabash Sampling Blitz.

WREC volunteers will sample more than 300 streams on Friday, April 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The goal is to answer the question: “what is finding its way to the Wabash River and how does it get there?”

WREC needs 250 volunteers to assist them, along with Purdue University and Wabash River RC&D, in this assessment, which will occur as part of the semi-annual Wabash Sampling Blitz.

“The snapshot of water quality allows us to quickly identify areas of concern and areas of high quality. And at the same time, we are connecting the community to the river for a first hand look at conditions present in the system” Sara Peel, director of watershed projects and WREC, said in a press release.

Volunteers will collect water samples from more than 250 stream sites throughout Tippecanoe, Fountain, Warren, Clinton, Carroll, Tipton, and Howard counties. After collection, volunteers will analyze samples for a variety of nutrient, metal and general parameters. WREC and Purdue University will provide all of the equipment necessary for sample collection and analysis.

Peel said to date, nearly 675 community volunteers have collected nearly 1800 samples allowing WREC to better understand the conditions in our streams and the Wabash River.

To volunteer for the Wabash Sampling Blitz, you can register online or call (765) 337-9100.

For additional information about the program, visit the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.

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