Volunteer Stream Monitoring
Since 2008 volunteers have been collecting data in local streams of Erie County.
Trained stream monitors sample several sites in 4 watersheds once a month from April to November: Old Woman Creek, Pipe Creek, Mills Creek, and Sawmill Creek. Our monitors take readings of water temperature, pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen on site then collect a water sample for nutrient analysis conducted by the Old Woman Creek Reserve Lab. Data collected is used to create a watershed report card for 3 streams which is presented each spring. This data has provided information for helping identify water quality issues, to target conservation, secure funding, and develop management plans.