Are you invested in the health of your local rivers and streams? Do you want to get involved in a meaningful way? Then MountainTrue has an opportunity for you!
We rely on volunteers to monitor stream health throughout Henderson County and participate in bio-monitoring twice per year, once in April and once in October. Through the Stream Monitoring Information Exchange (SMIE) bio-monitoring program, we sample aquatic macro-invertebrates, or aquatic insects, as indicators of water quality. Bugs tell us a lot about the health and vitality of our rivers and streams.
Learn how you can help at our SMIE training on March 17. Learn the protocols of biomonitoring including how to collect and identify bugs, record data, and utilize sampling equipment. The first half of the day will take place at Blue Ridge Community College followed by a field site visit after lunch!
Both new and returning SMIE volunteers are welcome! Please bring a water bottle, a pen or pencil, waders if you have them (some waders will be provided and not all participants will need to enter the stream).