watershed groups are made up of people from every walk of life.
No matter what you're interested in or what skills you have, volunteering for a watershed group provides a very important service to the community by keeping an eye on water quality and happenings on land around the watershed.
WHAT GROUPS DO
According to the EPA, 80% of U.S. streams are not monitored. Environmental professionals paid to monitor and improve water can't be everywhere or fix everything. Watershed groups fill this gap by monitoring what's going on in their watershed. They bring attention to critical issues, educate the public, and complete stream improvement projects. Each watershed group is different, but some common activities include water quality monitoring, walking the watershed to check out existing and potential problems, organizing stream clean up days, planting trees, completing stream improvement projects, and educating the public.
WORKING WITH MUNICIPALITIES
Watershed groups and municipalities can work together to complete stream improvement and outreach projects. This could be streamside plantings, creating a display for the public library, joint community day booth, or creating and sponsoring collaborative watershed maps and educational materials.
WORKING WITH STUDENTS
Education is key to improving water quality and habitat for fish and animals. There are many ways to reach out to students of any age group: groups can host watershed walks, advertise stream clean up days in schools, create watershed health displays for the local library, and create lesson plans to speak in schools or as an extracurricular activity.
FIND A WATERSHED GROUP NEAR YOU
Groups exist throughout Allegheny County, with many crossing municipality and county lines. Use this map to locate one near you.
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