Marvelous Works Missioners, a ministry of St. Michaels, is offering a new opportunity to do environmental outreach in the spirit of Saint Francis, and in the context of our Christian community. This spring, we can get valuable training to assist in preserving our local resource – the Bantam River.
The Housatonic Valley Association is helping to coordinate volunteer efforts to monitor the water quality of all the tributaries of the Housatonic River. One way to do this is to take samples of tiny water creatures (microinvertebrates), identify and sort them, and preserve them for analysis (bioassessment) by water biologists.
The Shepaug River Association will offer its spring water quality monitoring event on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00am-12:00pm (Rain date: Sunday, May 8th), at Roxbury Town Hall. There will be a pizza party for volunteers around noon once the sorting and ID work has been completed. (Please note children under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)
For those who are new to this kind of work, there is a choice of two 2-hour training sessions the week before the event: Tuesday 5/3/11 in Washington (location TBD) and Thursday 5/5/11 in Roxbury (Town Hall). Both sessions will start at 6:30 and run about 2 hours. Volunteers only need to attend one of the two sessions – whichever is more convenient. (There is no cost for either the training or the event and all required equipment will be provided.)
Anyone interested in participating (in either the training or the event) is asked to email Meghan Ruta, Water Protection Manager of HVA, at email@example.com , in advance so that she can have enough food and materials for everyone.
This is a chance to join together as Christians, to get the training we need to monitor the health of our local waterways, to learn more about the natural systems in our immediate neighborhood, and to be part of a regional effort to protect the environmental quality of the whole Housatonic River watershed.
Please contact Barbara Putnam at 860-567-4465 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the Missioners in this effort.
Marvelous Works Missioners seeks to do outreach in the spirit of Saint Francis, with an ecological focus on the stewardship of God’s creation.
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