There are nice photos and even an identification key.
KY has a year round water monitoring program that I have considered
participating in in the past. There is a creek that borders my property
that unfortunately receives the sewage effluent for the small town I
live in and I am very concerned about its quality. I am told that
something failed several years ago (before we lived here) at the plant,
and all the fish in the creek died. My sons and I sample the creek
regularly and we've been very encouraged to see the diversity of the
creek return slowly. We're up to black bullhead, gambusia, 4 minnow
species, green side sunfish, and even fantail darters.
However, the chemical testing kit costs $200. That's a lot of money in
We're still thinking about it because I would like to be sure that my
town keeps the creek somewhat clean.
On Sun, 2003-11-02 at 16:31, HOOVERJ_at_wes.army.mil wrote:
> Jay wrote:
> >>>Jan, do you have any information for WWMD for 2004? I wonder if we can
> start advertising and planning this earlier.<<<
> Jan responds:
> Based on last year's chronology, WWMD 2004 will probably be promoted
> sometime after the closing date for data entry (in December). I would
> expect information to become available in mid- to late-spring.
> This year we had several members who participated (in IL, OH, LA, and MS).
> About the same as last year, though, despite earlier promotion on the email
> list, an article in AC, and member accounts on regional webpages, etc.
> Why so little participation ?
> I think the problems were:
> people believed that they HAD to have the WQ kits; there were too many steps
> (and too much time involved) in getting them; most members just aren't that
> interested in Secchi discs.
> My plan for next year:
> 1. Order some kits as soon as they become available. Since the CE is an
> active partner in WWMD, there may be a way for me to do this on my own. If
> not, I may request money from NANFA BOD for a limited number (e.g., 10-12).
> 2. Supplement the kits with organismal goodies - including ID guides for
> water quality sensitive invertebrates, etc. - whatever I can get my hands
> 3. Write another AC article about what happened in 2003, about the kits,
> and about what could happen in 2004. Get the article published in the
> summer issue just before WWMD registration. Offer the kits gratis to
> members that will promise to use them to best advantage.
> 4. Email list reminders, links, etc.
> 5. Hope for a more enthusiastic response.
> Frankly, I was pretty disappointed by the apparent lack of interest in a
> group of people who should have vested interests in the waters around them.
> If a more biological (and generous) approach like this fails to generate
> greater participation, then nothing probably will.
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