In 2019, Watershed Watch in Kentucky partnered with the Kentucky 4-H Youth Development Program to create the Youth Stream Team Program. Technical support for this program was provided by the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and the Kentucky Geological Survey. The program will train youth to be citizen scientists that have a broader understanding and appreciation of our water resources. The goal of the program is that youth will be better able to protect Kentucky’s water resources for future generations.
Through this program, 4-H agents and volunteers will learn about Watershed Watch in Kentucky and be trained to make scientific field observations and collect E. coli data. Additionally, agents and volunteers will be given a variety of hands on lessons related to water quality to perform with their stream team.
Stream teams will collect samples throughout the year, analyze their data, and complete a youth led community service project to improve their watershed.
How to Get Involved:
If you are interested in being a Stream Team Leader, contact your local 4-H agent and get registered to attend our leader trainings in October of 2019 to learn about Watershed Watch in Kentucky and the Stream Team Program. This training session will include information on sample collection (including field chemistry, E. coli, and habitat and biological assessments), basic data analyses, and developing community service projects. This training session will also include hands on activities that can be done throughout the year with your Stream Team to reinforce concepts. All materials for your team will be provided.
2019 STREAM TEAM TRAINING DATES
October 1, 2019 – – Blue Grass Christian Camp, 7463 Athens Boonesboro Rd, Lexington, KY 40509
October 3, 2019 – – Jeffers Bend, 2671 Greenville Rd, Hopkinsville, KY 42240