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StreamWatch in Search of Volunteers to help Monitor Bacteria in the Rivanna

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A Charlottesville organization is looking for volunteers to help make sure the Rivanna River is clean and safe.

StreamWatch is a nonprofit that monitors the Rivanna. It's looking for volunteers to help collect samples to check for bacteria.

The Rivanna River basin provides drinking water, waste treatment, and recreation to people in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. According to StreamWatch, many of the sites it monitors do not meet water quality standards set in place by the commonwealth.

Many parts of the Rivanna are impacted by human behavior, causing pollution and alteration of water flow. This is where volunteers can help. StreamWatch is hosting a workshop for "citizen scientists" who want monitor bacteria levels in the Rivanna. Volunteers will monitor 13 sites once a month checking for fecal bacteria levels, specifically E. coli. Bacteria levels are a good indication if water is safe for recreational use.

The volunteer workshop takes place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. There are several more workshops scheduled later this month as well.

To find out more about volunteering, or to see the information StreamWatch has previously collected about the Rivanna, click here.

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