Snapshot provides look at local water quality

Today, 40+ individuals waded into the water at lakes, rivers, small streams and ponds in central Iowa for the Polk County Water Monitoring Snapshot, an annual event that measures water quality at various sites in Polk County and eastern Dallas County.

Thanks to volunteers from Wells Fargo, Polk County Conservation, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the cities of Ankeny, Clive, Des Moines, Johnston, Pleasant Hill as well as individual volunteers from the central Iowa community, testing was conducted at over 70 locations.

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Volunteers work in groups of two to three people to sample water at various sites.

This is the 12th year of the Snapshot, which is organized and sponsored by the Iowa Environmental Council, the DNR IOWATER program, Des Moines Water Works, the Des Moines Izaak Walton League, and the Raccoon River Watershed Association. The event uses DNR’s IOWATER equipment and supplies to do field tests and collect water samples. These samples will be assessed at Des Moines Water Works’ lab. Field test results will be uploaded to the IOWATER volunteer database.

“The Snapshot allows volunteers to help gather data on the quality of water in small streams and ponds in our parks and backyards that are otherwise not monitored regularly by the state ,” said Water Program Director Susan Heathcote. “We would never be able to take on such a big task without all of these amazing volunteers, and thank everyone who showed up today for their time, hard work and help to get the job done.”

The next Snapshot will be held in October 2015. To volunteer for future events, please Contact Susan Heathcote at heathcote [at] iaenvironment [dot] org.

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