Citizen Science (Stream Team)


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Stream Team volunteers head out to the river on a beautiful fall afternoon.

Stream Team Citizen Science Program

Stream Team is a citizen science model where community members, University of Montana students, and high school students engage in water monitoring on local streams. Stream Team is based on our first monitoring program built in 1996, using Montana Watercourse’s Volunteer Water Monitoring Protocols. After attending a trainingyou can join our team of dedicated volunteers that go each Sunday afternoon during the fall and spring (and some summer) seasons to monitor streams in our watershed, given safe stream conditions. Stream Team is led by the capable Markus Boyer and everyone is welcome to join this citizen group at any time to gain water monitoring experience or get to know Rattlesnake Creek.

Since fall of 2017, WEN has focused our Stream Team efforts on Rattlesnake Creek to contribute meaningful data to the trend data available for the future of Rattlesnake Creek with a proposed dam removal on the Creek in 2019 or 2020.

Data collected by Stream Team:

Spring 2018 volunteers practice setting up a river transection on Rattlesnake Creek.

Spring 2018 volunteers practice setting up a river transection on Rattlesnake Creek.

– monitoring velocity/flow 
– cross section/bank full
-bank condition(site description)
-photo points/ GPS points
-bedload assessments/ pebble count
-grid toss in key locations (sediment)
-pH
-DO
-Temperature
-conductivity
-riparian plant assessment
-macro-invertebrate assessment

 

Currently Stream Team is monitoring Rattlesnake Creek. Volunteers working with Stream Team are required to attend a volunteer training. For more information on how to join our Stream Team click here.