Volunteers learning to test water quality
Port Barre – As time nears for the Tour du Teche, the 130-mile dash down the bayou, attention is also being paid to the quality of the water those paddles will be stirring.
A water quality sampling workshop will be held here Aug, 5, a Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by The TECHE Project, Acadiana RC&D and Sierra Club Delta Chapter, this is the second in a series of water quality sampling workshops on Bayou Teche.
The location is the Community Room, next to Town Hall, 504 Saizan Ave. in Port Barre.
The workshop will begin with a video describing in detail some of the water sampling tests that we presented at the spring workshop. There will be a review of sampling locations, team assignments, and teams will practice running some of the tests.
This is a review session for current sampling team members, and is also an introduction session for persons who would like to learn about water sampling on Bayou Teche. Any interested person is welcome to come.
“This new program gives citizens access to science and information they wouldn’t otherwise have,” says Kristen Kordecki, Bayou Teche watershed coordinator at Acadiana RC&D.
“Citizen involvement in water quality testing on Bayou Teche is the critical link between understanding what is in the water and taking personal action to reduce non-point source pollution,” Kordecki said.
“From reducing or eliminating fertilizers and chemicals for lawn and garden care to ensuring home septic systems are properly maintained, combating non-point source pollution into the Teche is the first step in improving water quality.”
Teams will learn and practice how to conduct streamside sampling for dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, conductivity, and nitrates. Teams that have been issued sampling equipment are requested to bring it to the workshop so they can be checked, maintained and resupplied.
“These basic tests are great at helping people understand how water quality in Bayou Teche can be measured and what actions might be taken to improve water quality,” said Woody Martin, director of the Delta Chapter Water Sentinels.
Light snacks will be provided. For further information contact Woody Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-232-7953.