Join Welty at the Nature of the Confluence on June 16th to begin an exciting new citizen stream monitoring project fund by an Illinois American Water grant. On the 16th, visit the Welty Environmental Center booth at the Nature of the Confluence’s Season’s Opening Celebration to discover the function and importance of watersheds, how runoff water enters streams, and what you can do to prevent pollution.
At 11:00 AM, we will move to Kelly Creek to take control samples, creating a benchmark for comparison samples that will be taken August 11th at 11:00 AM. We will observe and record the type of plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates found in the stream. Then we will measure depth, rate of flow, and quality of water: oxygen, phosphate, nitrate, ph, chloroform, and turbidity. All ages can take part in some aspect of this study. (Direct Kelly Creek access may be limited to Welty staff.
NOTE: Registration is not necessary for this event. However, if you want to let us know to expect you, we would appreciate it.