TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Volunteers took advantage of the beautiful weather to collect water samples from streams leading into the Wabash River.
On Friday afternoon, 175 people volunteered to grab water samples from over 200 tributaries and streams that lead into the Wabash River. The goal of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation is to find out more about the water quality streaming into the Wabash River.
The volunteers took a couple of hours to test five stream sites. Wabash River Enhancement Corporation Watershed Projects Director Sara Peel, said it's called the Wabash Sampling Blitz.
"More importantly, we're empowering our local citizens to be citizen scientists. They get to go out and collect some water quality data and learn what's going on with the system," said Peel.
Anyone can volunteer to water sample in the Wabash Sampling Blitz.
Volunteer Alice Maloney is only 6-years-old and this was her first year volunteering. Peel said many groups volunteer for this event.
"We have a great group that is going to represent a lot of things, from boy scouts and girl scouts troops, West Lafayette AP Biology class, we have several Purdue students, a variety of community members and group representatives as well,” said Peel.
Peel said while sampling, volunteers fill water bottles, the water cloudiness, and measure the temperature.
"At this location, they get all their equipment and training, go out and sample. Then when they get back here, they'll filter their samples, run some test strips and talk about how their data compares with other years," said Peel.
Peel said the Wabash Sampling Blitz happens during the spring and fall. She said the test strip results will be presented on their website early next week.
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