Wabash Sampling Blitz
Since the fall of 2009, volunteers throughout the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River watershed complete a snapshot assessment of water quality throughout the watershed. In the spring of 2011, we expanded to include sample sites within the Wildcat Creek watershed. Volunteers monitor temperature, water cloudiness (turbidity), nutrient levels, and pathogen concentrations. Join us for the Spring 2017 Wabash Sampling Blitz on a date to be announced!
How Monitoring Works?
Each volunteer group is assigned to a staging or starting location. Staging locations are assigned as sampling slots are available on a first volunteer, first assigned basis. Arrive with your partners to be assigned a group of sampling sites – sites are assigned based on location choice and selected access difficulty ranging from easy access (walk right in sites) to where you’ll need to channel your inner mountain goat (difficult). Our staging location volunteers will provide all sample collection equipment and instructions, maps, and driving directions. They will not provide you with waders, boots, dry clothes, bug spray, ivy off, or food.
Don your waders or knee boots and spend approximately two hours wading four stream sample sites. At each site, you will need to identify an appropriate access point. After entering the stream, wade to the center and fill your provided sample bottles. Then, measure stream temperature and water cloudiness with the provided thermometer and transparency tube. Once complete, photograph the stream and any unique or interesting features and travel to your next site. Once you’ve sampled all of your streams, return to your staging location to filter your samples for laboratory analysis, measure water quality with provided test strips, and download your photos.
Video 1: Introduction (5 minutes)
Want to Volunteer?
Join 250 volunteers to collect a snapshot of the water quality of the Wabash River, Wildcat Creek, Deer Creek, and their tributaries. Volunteer with a friend, your family, or alone and we’ll assign you a partner. Volunteer to sample your local stream, your favorite canoe spot, or try a new stream within the Wabash River, Wildcat Creek or Deer Creek watersheds.
Sample results are presented on a subwatershed basis. This means that the entire area that drains to the sample point is shown on each map. Further review of the data will allow WREC and our project partners to identify specific locations where water quality problems might be located. The Blitz began collecting Region of the Great Bend sample results in the fall of 2009. Wildcat Creek sampling results have been collected since the spring of 2011.
2009 -    Great Bend Region Fall 2009 Sample Results