Training the field volunteers
Potential Volunteers Are Everywhere
University and high school students
Members of local environmental organizations
Training field volunteers
Field volunteers require some basic training in using the sampling tools, interpreting the different color conditions of the stream, and identifying bugs that could be potential indicators of AMD. It will also be important for volunteers to learn the proper use of topographic maps, pH testers, and conductivity meters. Ideally, many of your volunteers will be somewhat knowledgeable about the work they will be doing. Make every attempt to pair up an experienced assessor with inexperienced volunteers for the best results.
It is a good idea to recruit water quality agency staff,
university personnel, or watershed organization members to conduct the training.
Hopefully, you will have some of these people within your partnership and can
interest them in coordinating training for the field staff.