July 5, 2011 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) invites friends and landowners living in the Credit River Watershed to assist during a one-day stream survey taking place on Saturday, July 16.

Check Your Watershed Day is a hands-on community event. In “Stream Teams” of two to four people, volunteers record stream health by collecting temperature data from small streams at road crossings and taking photos of each culvert they visit. During this unique community-driven experience, a large amount of data can be collected at once. The information collected builds a better understanding of the health of the streams in the upper watershed at a single moment in time. The data helps inform stewardship activities and management of the watershed carried out by CVC.

Volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. at Terra Cotta Conservation Area to receive training and equipment and to meet up with other members of their Stream Team. Stream Teams will then head out to sites Orangeville, Caledon, Erin and Halton Hills. Participants can expect to be finished around 4 p.m. Participants must have good mobility, as some access points may be steep or unstable, and are asked to wear rubber boots or waders and long pants. Registrants must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent.

Each volunteer group will require a car to access their assigned sites, a digital camera and the ability to forward photos back to CVC and a cell phone. GPS units will also be helpful.

Please register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1735289297 before July 14. Space is limited.

For further information please contact: Annabel Krupp at [email protected] or 905-670-1615

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Bethany Lee
Community Relations
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 385
[email protected]

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