HUNTINGTON — The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking volunteers to assist in water sampling for the Upper Wabash River Watershed: Watershed Management Plan Project.

The data obtained from water sampling is being used to inform the development of a watershed management plan focused on improving water quality in a portion of the Upper Wabash River Watershed throughout Allen, Huntington, Wabash, Whitley and Wells counties.

Volunteers will collect a variety of data and perform tests using Hoosier Riverwatch methods at four sites along the Little River and Wabash River including: dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, E. coli, pH, water temperature, phosphorous, nitrogen, turbidity and stream flow. Volunteers will also conduct evaluations of the biological community and stream habitat conditions. No previous experience is required and all ages are welcome, though the district asks that children be accompanied by an adult.

For those interested in volunteering, a one hour introduction and training session will be held Wednesday, May 15, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the North Meeting Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The first sampling event will be held Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. (official start location TBD).

If you would like to volunteer, contact Collin Huffine, watershed coordinator, at 765-914-2324 or collinhuffine87@gmail.com, or the Huntington County SWCD office at 260-356-6816, ext. 3.

For more information on the Upper Wabash River Watershed: Watershed Management Plan project, visit the Huntington SWCD website at huntingtonswcd.org. To learn more about Hoosier Riverwatch, visit hoosierriverwath.com.