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Water Quality Monitoring Classes
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For more information about the program in D.C. and Maryland, please email Cathy Wiss, Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator (pictured right). To register for a class (nonmembers), please fill out the registration form. ANS members can simply email pam.oves@anshome.org with the list of WQM classes they wish to sign up for.

For more information about water quality workshops in Virginia, email Dan Schwartz with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.

A nominal fee of $12 per class will be charged for nonmembers of ANS. This fee can be waived for students earning SSL credit.

 

Class Schedule

Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring   NONE AT THIS TIME
Find out about monitoring with ANS! One classroom session and the field workshop are recommended for those interested in becoming monitors.
Classroom Sessions (both sections A & B cover the same material)
Fee $12, waived for members and students earning SSL credit
In the classroom, we will explore how benthic macroinvertebrates – bottom-dwelling boneless creatures – help us assess the health of local streams and learn how to identify these organisms to the taxonomic level of order by examining preserved specimens. Registration required. Please use the registration form.
Field Workshop
Fee $12, waived for members and students earning SSL credit
In the field workshop, we will visit a stream to practice monitoring techniques and then collect and identify the macroinvertebrates we find. Registration required. Please use the registration form.

Aquatic Insect Family ID   NONE AT THIS TIME
Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD (7-9 pm)
Section A: Caddisflies
Section B: Beetles & Megaloptera
Section C: Dragonflies, Damselfies & True Flies
Section D: Mayflies
Section E:  Stoneflies & Review
Fee $12 for each section, waived for members and students earning SSL credit
Deepen your benthic macroinvertebrate identification skills to the taxonomic level of family through this series of five classes. Identification of these organisms to family level greatly enhances the water quality assessment power of our data and gives us a better reading of aquatic insect diversity. Registration required. Please use the registration form.


Macroinvertebrate ID Review & Quiz   NONE AT THIS TIME
Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
No fee
Time to separate the stoneflies from the mayflies! Those who wish to be certified to identify macroinvertebrates in the field must demonstrate their ability annually by taking a quiz using preserved specimens. Those who do not take the quiz may still be assigned to a monitoring team to assist with data collection and other field logistics, but only those who have taken and passed the quiz will identify macroinvertebrates for data recording. Registration required. Please use the registration form.


How to Read Your Stream NONE AT THIS TIME
Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
Fee $12, waived for members and students earning SSL credit
Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation. This class is recommended for anyone who plans to participate in the ANS water quality monitoring program and is a good refresher on habitat assessment for experienced monitors. Registration required. Please use the registration form. 


Know Your Invasive Plants   NONE AT THIS TIME
Woodend Sanctuary (Teale), Chevy Chase, MD
Fee $12, waived for members and students earning SSL
Invasive plants that kill or bring down mature trees can seriously alter stream healthand ecosystem function. Volunteer Master Naturalist Diyan Rahaman will help you identify non-native invasive plants at Woodend and in nearby Rock Creek Park. Registration required. Please use the registration form. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership.

 

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