Our club partners with The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC). Twice a year in May and October, the CRWC runs it’s ‘Adopt a Stream’ river monitoring. Teams of volunteers swarm the rivers and streams that make up the Clinton River watershed to look for larval insects and record the different types and quantities of each. This is an indirect way of testing water quality and pollution levels.
I just completed the October monitoring in OCSC’s part of the Clinton River and found a good assortment of pollution-sensitive larvae. This tells us that the river in our area is clean and will support a large variety of insects, fish, and other wildlife. The complete report with data form the other teams will be available on the CRWC website.
I am always looking for volunteers to help. The next river monitoring will be May 6th . Contact me or www.crwc.org if you are interested in learning more.