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StreamSmart Saves Rivers & Streams

leah kirk

The Ozarks Water Watch’s The StreamSmart Volunteer Program is a watershed wide volunteer water quality monitoring program to assess baseline water quality of the streams and rivers that flow into Beaver Lake. The program guides local volunteers through a standardized process of quarterly water quality monitoring throughout sites in the watershed each February, May, August, and November. Volunteer teams are normally comprised of three to four people, but some teams have as many as ten people on the team who are trained to collect water samples and take field measurements. The data is collected, compiled, and reported.

The focus of StreamSmart training sessions is a day-long introduction to the StreamSmart program and training for new volunteers who are interested in helping us monitor the water quality of the creeks, streams, and rivers of the Beaver Lake Watershed. ! This year's class of 25 attendees was especially unique because at least half of the group was new to water quality monitoring.

                Training includes an introduction to the concept of watersheds and the geography of the Beaver Lake Watershed. This include a brief presentation about how and why to collect water samples and the special partnership AWRC has with the StreamSmart Program, Additionally the classes teach how to assess habitat, and collect and identify macroinvertebrates as part of the regular assessment of stream health. To learn about water quality monitoring and join our growing StreamSmart team! If you missed the training but are interested in joining StreamSmart contact Angela Danovi at or call 479-295-7717.