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Doane Receives No Stream Left Behind Grant

Doane College has received an Environmental Education grant of $27,082 from Region 7 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a project in collaboration with the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Public Health Solutions District Health Department.

Called "No Stream Left Behind," the project will train citizen volunteers to monitor the quality of water in their local streams in the five-county area served by Public Health Solutions-Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, and Thayer counties. 

The project team is led by Dr. Russell Souchek, associate professor of biology at Doane College in Crete, and includes Marcy Bauer, environmental health manager, Public Health Solutions District Health Department in Crete, and Dan Stahr, executive director, Nebraska Wildlife Federation in Lincoln.

"No Stream Left Behind" will recruit and train 20 volunteers-including school teachers, youth group leaders, and other citizens-to use basic stream monitoring equipment and report data to a central site as a means to monitor and protect Nebraska's water in streams, lakes and wetlands.  The project will develop and use an online training system that will educate participants on local water quality issues and encourage them to remain involved in long-term monitoring. Participants will enter data through the Nebraska Wildlife Federation's Adopt-A-Stream website, making the information available to anyone with an interest in learning about local water quality. 

Residents of the five-county area who are interested in participating should complete a volunteer application as soon as possible.  Training begins in October and a small stipend will be awarded to those who fully complete the one-year project.  Information is available at http://www.nebraskawildlife.org/adopt-a-stream.html.  The online application is available at www.doane.edu/adopt-a-stream.

For any types of questions about the No Stream Left Behind project, contact Russ Souchek at russ.souchek@doane.edu or 402.826.8238, or the other partnering agencies.