The Chemical and Bacterial monitoring workshop is designed to teach volunteers about basic stream water chemistry and how to conduct the chemical and bacterial tests using hand-held field equipment. The basic set of tests that volunteers are asked to conduct includes dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, temperature and E. coli. E. coli is an indicator organism that is often used to assess water quality. Monitoring levels of E. coli can help identify possible sources of pathogens in the water.
Volunteers are given a field test and written test to assess their ability to collect accurate and precise data. Volunteers who collect data accurately and pass the written test with a score of 80% or better will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year.