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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 food chain.

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.

These 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.

The 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
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1) Re: ODNR Stream Quality Monitoring Event to be Held on June 24th
Written by phred on June 21, 2015, 11:34:11 PM

     Good article.  I would luv to see ODNR distribute the small boxes of water testers that they used to, but now
     all their funds are headed to Buckeye Lake.

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