Streams, just like lakes, are important water resources. But like any natural system, they present particular challenges when the surrounding watershed is altered.
Stream Waterwatch is a volunteer-based program implemented through Hillsborough Community College and funded by Hillsborough County and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). Volunteers are trained in the field to take water quality samples, measure field parameters, and collect, sort, and identify macroinvertebrates (bugs and other spineless creatures). Stream Waterwatch volunteer groups typically adopt a 1.5 mile stream segment and conduct a variety of activities, such as:
Attending a minimum of four stream training classes in the first year
Taking monthly samples from three sites on the stream
Measuring field parameters (pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and temperature)
Conducting quarterly habitat, macroinvertebrate, and stream surveys
For more information about this program, please contact:
Stormwater Environmental Education
2420 N. Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (813) 744-5671
Pamela Stinnette Vergara, Ph.D., P.E.
HCC Regional Environmental Training Center
1206 N. Park Road
Plant City, FL 33566
Phone: (813) 757-2245
Documents and links associated with this program.