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Making a Difference in Maryland Waters


The goals of the Stream Waders Program are:

  • To increase the density of sampling sites for use in stream quality assessments.
  • To educate the local community about the relationship between land use and stream quality.
  • To provide quality assured information on stream quality to state,local, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and others.
  • To improve stream stewardship ethics and encourage local action to improve watershed management.

In order to become part of the program, volunteers agree to participate in a one day training session and then spend about two more days during the March-April sampling window collecting aquatic invertebrate samples from stream beds. Volunteers can either make special arrangements to return their samples to DNR, or bring them to the group collection generally held the first weekend of May at their training site. Samples are sent to DNR for "bug identification" and analysis.

Volunteer samples and location data go through a process similar to that used for the Maryland Biological Stream Survey for quality control and analysis. Data and reports that result from this process are available on the web in the online publications page.

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Map of Watersheds to be Sampled in 2015

This map details the subwatersheds available to Stream Waders for sampling in 2015. Click the map below to get a larger .pdf version, complete with descriptions of Marcellus Study Areas, Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund watersheds, and DNR Priority watersheds.

Stream Waders 10 Year (2000-2009) Report.

Thank you all of the volunteers who slogged through the streams and endured frigid fingers to make it all possible!

Maryland Stream Waders 10 Year Report

Read more about the Stream Waders program in this issue of Maryland's Natural Resource Magazine.

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Important Documents

If you would like to join Stream Waders, the first thing to do is fill out this Volunteer Form and bring the completed form to a training session. This document is a release form required from all our volunteers.

Upcoming Events

  • 2015 MBSS Training
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  • 2015 Nutrient and Sediment Monitoring Training
    Irvine Nature Center, May 13, 2015
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