Science in the Stream: Water Monitoring Workshops at Tulpehaking Nature Center

Science in the Stream: Water Monitoring Workshops at Tulpehaking Nature Center


Engage in citizen science and become a steward of your own watershed by learning how to monitor water quality in your town. On Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, May 21, your local AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador will provide free stream monitoring training from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tulpehaking Nature Center. Come prepared to get in the stream, learn something new, and have fun outdoors!

New Jersey’s streams and rivers provide drinking water, recreational opportunities, natural beauty, and habitat for wildlife. However, many of the state’s waterways are not protected and may be negatively impacted by human activity. Collecting information about water quality can help to identify streams that may be impaired, as well as those that are in optimal condition. Then, we can begin to find ways to both restore and protect our local streams so they can continue to be used and enjoyed by all.

Participants of this two-part series will learn how to collect visual and biological data at a nearby stream. Both workshops will be led by Alison McCarthy, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador, and will include an indoor information session and an outdoor practice session. The training on May 14 will cover visual stream assessments, while the training on May 21 will cover biological stream assessments. Graduates of this workshop will be eligible to join the Abbott Marshlands Stream Team. Stream team volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, or ages 14-17 with a parent. For interested volunteers, attendance at the visual assessment training (May 14) is especially encouraged.

This training is free to attend, and you may attend one or both workshops. Please bring waders or other footwear that you can wear into the stream. Pre-registration is required; please call 609-888-3218 or e-mail

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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