Steps to get Started
This is the homepage of online instruction related to the No Stream Left Behind Adopt A Stream program. Project partners are Doane College, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, and Public Health Solutions Public Health Department. This site provides volunteers in the Adopt A Stream five county area with online instruction and opportunities to network with one another. We thank you for making this commitment to the citizens of Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, and Thayer counties in Nebraska. This project is funded by EPA grant # NE97710701.
Follow these three steps to get started!
Step One - Introduction and Safety is Number One.
View the introductory video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.comwatch?v=oiiNuMaEWeI
Go to http://www.nebraskawildlife.org/adopt-a-stream.html and read the section titled "Adopting A Stream or Wetland" regarding project safety.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All sample waste from the testing can be flushed down a drain with excess water.
Step Two - Learning what all this stuff means.
Learn about water ecology at http://cfpub.epa.gov/watertrain/index.cfm#watershed_ecology by reviewing the twenty-one slides of this EPA presentation.
Simply Basic - Looking for a list of the tests you will perform and a description of each? Review the terms on the attachment titled "Background Information." Open this document by clicking on "Adopt A Stream Documents" to the left of this page.
Step Three - Learning to use the water test kits and recording the data.
View the video on how to use the Field Data Sheet at http://www.youtube.com/stream828#p/a.
Review the instructions that came with the kits. View kit demonstration videos at www.youtube.com/stream828.
Instructions on how to enter data into the Adopt A Stream website of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation can be downloaded. Click on "Adopt A Stream Documents" to the left of this page to download this document.
Copies of the Field Data Sheet can be downloaded. Click on "Adopt A Stream Documents" to the left of this page to download this document.