Who leads the program?
Teachers and mentors are responsible for leading the team. WaterWays will provide training and some materials for the program. Waterways can also facilitate sessions at a rate of $60 per hour and provide full materials.
Is the program during school or after?
Your Stream Team can meet after school like a club or during school in lieu of class. This is entirely up to you!
What type of data are we collecting?
Students can test for pH, bacteria, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, nitrites, and phosphates. Your group can also assess water quality by a macroinvertebrate survey. Certain macroinvertebrates cannot tolerate pollution. The presence of intolerant macroinvertebrates can indicate a healthy ecosystem and vice versa of the absence of those critters.
Why are we collecting data?
The data collected by your Stream Team will be available to the public on our website www.mywaterways.org. WaterWays is building an interactive map that will show all the Stream Team data collected. Eventually, we hope to build a comprehensive and current overview of our local stream health!
While not all action projects will require funding, some more extensive projects might. How will we pay for a stewardship project?
WaterWays can help your team present their ideas to the schools/land owners of the chosen stream. WaterWays will also help search for grants to fund the project as well as aiding in the development of the project.
Does the stewardship project have to involve construction?
No. Not all local waterways require alteration of the land for improvement. Your project could be a simple awareness campaign where the students identify the issues and conceptually solve those issues.