County chapter puts together workshop to help educate the community on water quality
A county chapter in Iowa put together a workshop to educate people on water quality. According to Fox 28, the the Linn County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is organizing the "Save Our Streams" Workshop to help develop a reliable database across Eastern Iowa.
"We have a data section that you can submit your data to," said Neil Mittelberg, the co-chair of the conversation board for the chapter to Fox 28. "It allows government agencies to use that data and it was important to the government to properly train people to make sure that data is valid, and that's why we train and is the intent of the course."
The workshop will be located at McCloud Run, Iowa's only urban trout stream. According to Fox 28, participants will learn more about water quality and what goes into analyzing water quality. They will also collect and identify macroinvertebrates. The insects can indicate the quality of the water and also the water’s status long-term.
"We all recognize and hear about the discussion about water quality," Mittelberg said to Fox 28. "The mission of the Izaak Walton League is conservation of water, soil and air. We feel very strongly that in order to best sample the water and get the data for the legislature, if we have the public trained, it's going to be far more reliable than waiting on funding from any particular state or organization that may or may not be there the next year."
Those interested in attending the workshop can find more information here.