Citizen Science: Stream Monitoring in Arlington County

By John Bernard

John Bernard volunteers to monitor stream health at Lubber Run. Photo by J. Bernard.

I began my career as a citizen scientist with the Spring 2010 ARMN training class.  Among the volunteer activities approved for service hours, I enjoy participation in one of several Arlington County sponsored stream monitoring volunteer teams.  After I completed a class given by the County, I joined the team volunteers at Lubber Run.

Stephanie Martin, Lubber Run Stream Monitoring Team Leader. Photo by J. Bernard.

There under the direction of Team Leader Stephanie Martin, we monitor the Macroinvertebrates in Lubber Run.  We collect and count these “stream bugs” 4 times yearly in the winter, spring, summer, and fall.  It is safe, fun, and gives an opportunity to make a difference. Continue reading