Roaring River Watershed to be studied

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Local volunteers and landowners are needed for the Table Rock Lake Water Quality's (TRLWQ) inaugural snapshot sampling of Roaring River Watershed, which will be conducted on Saturday, June 15.

"The Roaring River Watershed has excellent volunteers and partners to work with for this pilot project," Tammy Trantham, TRLWQ education and outreach director. "The goal of TRLWQ is to conduct other snapshot sampling events on other tributaries to Table Rock Lake with the success of this event."

TRLWQ will partner with Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Roaring River Parks Alliance to collect around 550 water samples during the event.

"We are working with Roaring River State Park to collect samples within their park boundaries, however we need landowners and volunteers to help collect samples along Roaring River outside the park boundaries as well," said Trantham. "We are looking for anyone interested in learning more about water quality. Families are encouraged to help."

Young children must be accompanied by adults during the event. Supervision will not be provided for volunteers.

Tony Thorpe and Dan Obrecht, of Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program, will offer short training sessions at the Emory Melton Inn inside Roaring River State Park from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14 and from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.

"The training is very minimal," said Trantham. "It will entail how to collect a water sample and how to adequately store it until it is delivered back to Tony and Dan. The training should really take no longer than 15 minutes. Volunteers can stop by anytime during the alloted training times."

Samples should be collected and returned to the inn from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 15.

Volunteers will be asked to collect "grab" water samples from throughout the watershed. The samples will help bring awareness of the watershed's reach and the quality of water entering Table Rock Lake from watershed.

Water samples will be collected and analyzed by the University of Missouri Water Lab in Columbia.

"I should receive the results within a month of the sampling," said Trantham. "I will be creating a report that all volunteers can have access to through our website."

Trantham will also issue a press release about the report sometime later this summer.

The snapshot sampling will be conducted in conjunction with Water Watch Week. For more information on the annual awareness event, visit www.waterwatchweek.org.

For more information on the sampling or to volunteer, call Trantham at 417-739-4100 or email her at tammy@trlwq.org.

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