Eagle Scout Samuel Van Amberg has been leading and coordinating stream monitoring events in Greene County for his service project with the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance.
Van Amberg hosted three public events and one student-centered event during his spring project, according to a news release from Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance. The first event took place at College Creek, where Van Amberg had six participants learn about biological and chemical stream sampling at one of 58 streams in Greene County listed on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency list of impaired streams.
Participants learned how to catch and identify stream macro-invertebrates such as caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies, which help indicate the health of the creek.
He also led a class lab at College Creek with Dr. Melissa Keller's biology/service-learning students at Tusculum College.
Van Amberg's last two events took place at Paint Creek and Horse Creek. Conditions at Paint Creek were healthy with numerous types of aquatic life and ideal dissolved oxygen levels at both creeks. In total, he had 34 participants and was able to collect data to be put on file with Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance.
Van Amberg plans to continue his involvement with MNWA by becoming a regular member and helping out with future projects, according to the release. His project was made possible by a TVA Community Outreach Support grant that helps support MNWA's Adopt-a-Stream program.
To keep up with public events, visit mnwa-tn.org.