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NY officials recruit citizens to sample streams

ALBANY (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting citizen scientists to collect bugs and other tiny creatures from stream bottoms as part of a project to assess water quality in the Genesee, Delaware, Hudson, and Mohawk River watersheds.
The program is called Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators, or WAVE. 
Data collected by the volunteers is used to augment the work of the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit, which samples streams and rivers across the state to create an inventory of stream water quality.
Trained citizen monitors visit streams between July and September to collect and identify insects and other small organisms and preserve one sample of each for identification by the WAVE Coordinator.
Training sessions are scheduled for July and August starting Monday.
To register, [click here]
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