"Bug Hugger Team" Program
- Channelkeeper Launches New "Bug Hugger Team" Program
Mandatory "Bug Hugger Team" training - April 19thChannelkeeper is launching a new effort to monitor the health of local creeks. Our new "Bug Hugger Team" will conduct bioassessments (a method of characterizing stream health by measuring physical habitat conditions and benthic invertebrate (bug) assemblages) at multiple creeks throughout the South Coast. Training is mandatory for those who wish to participate in this fun and exciting new program. Our first training event will be held on Saturday, April 19th at the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro (Hendry's) Beach from 9am - 4pm. Lunch will be provided. Training will be conducted by a representative from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Volunteers will learn how to characterize creek health by measuring parameters such as tree canopy cover, cobble embeddedness, stream bank dimensions, instream habitat, channel sinuosity, and stream discharge. Additionally, volunteers will learn how to collect and analyze macroinvertebrates (bugs) in the creek. Once volunteers are properly trained, they will be able to check out monitoring equipment from Channelkeeper to conduct their own creek sampling. They will also be able to participate in Bug Hugger snapshot events, which will take place twice a year. Please RSVP and address questions to Ben Pitterle at ben@... or (805) 563-3377 ext 3.