Wabash Sampling Blitz keeps an eye on area waterways

Volunteer Cyndi Wagner takes water samples from West Lafayette stream.
Volunteer Cyndi Wagner takes water samples from West Lafayette stream.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — More than 200 volunteers are getting their feet wet to find out what’s inside area waterways.

The Wabash Sampling Blitz takes place twice a year to look for contamination in streams in seven Indiana counties including Tippecanoe, Warren and Fountain. The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation and Purdue University will test the samples to determine what the pollutants are and where they come from.

Volunteer Cyndi Wagner said clean water is the key to quality living.

“It’s our drinking water, it’s our recreation water. It’s also part of our economic development,” Wagner said. “The more people who understand water quality issues, the better informed they are when they have to make decisions.”

Wagner said farmers use water sample data to improve farming practices.

“The farming community has actually, in most cases, embraced water quality issues and doing their part in cleaning up the watershed,” said Wagner. “Ag is in a full partnership with a lot of the water quality efforts that are going on around the state.”

Wagner said seeing so many volunteers at these events shows people in the area really care about the environment.

To see results from past sampling blitzes, click here.

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