ODNR Stream Quality Monitoring Event to be Held on June 24th
June 21, 2015 10:00 AM
By Timothy Perry
The water quality of a stream or river is one of the most important
aspects of a healthy ecosystem. Contamination of small streams will lead
to contamination of larger rivers, lakes, and oceans downstream.
Plants, fish, and other wildlife will be affected by those contaminants
and, eventually, the contaminants will make their way into the human
It is for this reason that the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources deems it necessary to closely monitor the quality of
the state’s rivers and streams. This is made possible by hundreds of
trained volunteers and thousands of other participants who assist them.
volunteers wade into the rivers and collect microorganisms. They then
identify and count these microorganisms and enter them into a score
sheet. They also document water and weather conditions and use the score
that the score sheet provides to make steam quality assessments.
types of microorganisms found and the frequency at which they occur are
good predictors of stream quality. This is due to the sensitivity of
different microorganisms to pollution.
Stream quality assessments usually
occur three to four times per year at over 150 stations along various
streams around the state. One such station is on the Kokosing River,
near Riverside Park in Mount Vernon.
On Wednesday, June 24,
form 6-8 PM, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will host a stream
quality monitoring event at that location. This event is free and open
to the public. Participants should come dressed to get into the water
and avoid wearing flip flop or Croc-like shoes. Should anyone
have any questions, they may contact Tiffany Taylor, Central Ohio Stream Quality Monitoring Coordinator, at (740) 548-5490 or
email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.