Blue Thumb Program:
There is an upcoming Blue Thumb training for people interested in doing watering quality monitoring and/or water quality education in creeks and streams in NE Oklahoma. The Blue Thumb Water Quality Education Program is the educational arm of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) Water Quality Division. Blue Thumb trains volunteers to monitor streams in their communities, conduct groundwater screenings, and to share their knowledge of water quality with others. Volunteers include an array of student groups, Girl and Boy Scout troops, families, couples, and individual citizens monitoring 100 streams across Oklahoma.
I'll forward more details when they become available, but here is some "save the date" information. The upcoming training will be held in Pryor, OK, on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, at the First United Methodist Church, 400 E. Graham. The training begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and will continue through Saturday. Volunteers will (if they choose to do so) leave with water testing kits to begin monitoring a stream of their choice or they can be paired up with another testing site in need of volunteers.
Blue Thumb volunteers work with the wonderful staff at the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and other area volunteers to monitor the quality of water in our beautiful creeks and streams. We do monthly creek testing and twice a year we test for aquatic life in the streams (macroinvertebrates), such as aquatic snails, insects, worms, etc. Once every 5 years each creek is sampled for fish life.
For more information and to register for the Pryor event, contact Cheryl Cheadle, 918-398-1804 email@example.com