Get Involved!

Making a Difference in Maryland Waters

 

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.

Training consists of four basic parts:

  • classroom instruction,
  • GPS familiarization,
  • actual sample collection practice (Bring your waders!),
  • and choosing your watershed to sample

Stream Waders Contents

2014 Training and Sampling Information

 

Sample Agenda for a Stream Waders Training Session (.pdf)

Presentation on collecting data on stream blockages (This is shown at training)

 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Stream Waders Volunteer Stream Sampling Program is gearing up for another exciting year! The areas that are to be sampled in 2014 are illustrated below.

In 2014, we will be holding three Stream Waders training sessions:

  • Martinak State Park (Caroline County)
    February 8th, 2014 (Register by January 31st)
  • Robinson Nature Center (Howard County)
    February 22nd, 2014 (Register by February 14th)
  • New Germany State Park (Garrett County)
    March 1st, 2014 (Register by February 21st)

    Volunteers attending this training must sample Marcellus Shale watersheds and must join with, or already be a part of a team that participated in this special sampling last year

For more information about the Marcellus Shale water quality monitoring, go here

DNR needs your help to fill the gaps in areas being sampled by Maryland Biological Stream Survey crews in 2014 (see green and orange watersheds on the map above). And this year, we’re continuing the special sampling in Garrett County to gather baseline information related to Marcellus Shale gas exploration (pink areas). So please come learn how you can help Stream Waders contribute to Maryland’s statewide water quality monitoring.

If you’re a member of a watershed organization and are interested in sampling in an area that’s not on the map, we invite you to contact us as we may be able to accommodate you. And of course, if you are not already a member of a watershed group, we're hoping you'll join up with folks from one or get together with some friends and help assess the health of local streams. Everyone is invited to help monitor, restore, and protect our waterways.

2014 Stream Waders Training Sessions

(9:00 AM – 3:30 PM)

  • We usually start around 9:00 A.M. but we ask that you come a little early to check in and enjoy a small complementary, continental style breakfast (juice, coffee, water, donuts, etc.)
  • Please pack your own lunch as we will be taking a break between the lecture training and the outside field training.
  • Remember to pack plenty of warm clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. Waders are a plus!!
  • AND…

Capacity is limited so PLEASE Register in advance by the dates listed above!!

To register for a training session or to receive more information, email streamwaders@dnr.state.md.us. Please provide your name, affiliation, contact information (including mailing address and email), and expected training location.

*If you are a teacher with the governor’s “Explore and Restore Your Schoolshed” initiative, please let us know when you register so that we can be sure to bring the appropriate materials for your school’s watershed.

A very informative Frequently Asked Questions page can be found at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/streams/mbss/w_faq.html.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Directions to Training Locations:

February 8th – Martinak State Park: 137 Deep Shore Road Denton, MD 21629

FROM ANNAPOLIS AND POINTS WEST:
Take U.S. 50 east to U.S. 404. Turn left onto U.S. 404 and go approximately 16 miles. Turn right onto Deep Shore Road. The entrance for Martinak State Park will be on the left.

FROM CENTREVILLE AND POINTS NORTH:
Take U.S. 50 east to U.S. 404. Turn left onto U.S. 404 and go approximately 16 miles. Turn right onto Deep Shore Road. The entrance for Martinak State Park will be on the left.

FROM SALISBURY AND POINTS SOUTH:
From north of Easton on U.S. 50, take Cordova Road (MD 309) to U.S. 404. Turn right onto U.S. 404 and go to the first stoplight at MD 480. Turn left onto MD 480 and take the immediate first left onto Eveland Road. The Arboretum is 2 miles ahead on the left. You can find more information at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/martinak.asp/

February 22nd – Robinson Nature Center: 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

FROM BALTIMORE AND POINTS NORTH:
Take I-95 South to exit 38B Route 32 West. Take exit 17 Cedar Lane. Turn Right on Cedar Lane. Park entrance will be on your left (just past Grace Drive).

FROM DC AND POINTS SOUTH:
Take I-95 North to exit 38B Route 32 West. Take exit 17 Cedar Lane. Turn Right on Cedar Lane. Park entrance will be on your left (just past Grace Drive).

FROM ANNAPOLIS:
Take I-97 North to Route 32 West. Take exit 17 Cedar Lane. Turn Right on Cedar Lane. Park entrance will be on your left (just past Grace Drive).

FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY:
Take Randolph Road to Route 29 North or I-495 to I-95 North. Take Route 32 West to exit 17 Cedar Lane. Turn Right on Cedar Lane. Park entrance will be on your left (just past Grace Drive).

FROM CARROLL COUNTY AND POINTS WEST:
Take I-70 East to Route 32 South. Take exit 17 Cedar Lane. Turn Left on Cedar Lane. Park entrance will be on your left (just past Grace Drive).

You can find more information at: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm

March 1st – New Germany State Park: 349 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville, MD 21536

FROM POINTS EAST
Take I-70 to I-68 and travel west through Cumberland, Maryland. Continue west to Exit 22. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Pass Comfort Inn and follow Chestnut Ridge Road for three miles to New Germany Road. Turn left and travel two miles to the New Germany State Park entrance on left.

You can find more information at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/newgermany.asp

Upcoming Events

Species Spotlight

  • American Eel

American Eels

The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a slender snakelike migratory fish that is very important to the stream ecosystems in Maryland.

Learn more in this informative Fact Sheet

Species Spotlight Archives