Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area

Wade into your watershed

Since 2006, FMR has coordinated the Stream Health Evaluation Program (SHEP) to evaluate the biological health of streams in the Rice Creek Watershed District. Most volunteers return year after year to wade into their watershed. As of mid-July, there are five openings for SHEP 2011!

SHEP volunteers are everyday citizens who live or work in the Rice Creek Watershed District trained to meet professional-grade stream health testing standards. After this year's required training Saturday, August 13th, SHEP conduct testing and data analysis in the stream and laboratory in the fall and early winter.

Volunteers work in teams of 10 and contribute an average of 30-35 hours between training, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, and data analysis. Scientists from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Waters lead the program, and training and laboratory analysis are held at Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.

Learn more, including how to sign up, on the SHEP volunteer programs page.