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The Shows (Feature 1407.655)
Water Quality Snapshot

Anyone who has fond memories of traipsing through creeks or streams as a child, splashing around and looking for crawdads and minnows, would enjoy a program being offered in Iowa. It's a new volunteer effort for a good cause -- detecting problems with water quality, and reporting directly to state agencies that can do something about them.

The program is called "IOWater" and the people from Iowa's Geological Survey organize lessons in water testing for anyone who's interested.

One of their major efforts is an annual or bi-annual Water Quality Snapshot Day. On the designated days, trained volunteers don knee boots and climb into nearby streams, lakes, and creeks, to find out what's there.

Living in Iowa met up with Dubuque's Catfish Creek Coalition on October 18th, 2003, a day which was not only a Water Quality Snapshot Day in Iowa, it was also the first National Water Monitoring Day, and the 30th anniversary of the passage of the national Clean Water Act.

Water Quality Snapshot
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contacts { Lynette Seigley, DNR, IA Geological Survey
109 Trowbridge Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1319
Phone: (319)335-1598

Brian Soenen, IOWATER Coordinator
502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515- 205-8587
Web Site
links { IOWATER