Water monitoring has been a great way for our monitors and staff to get outdoors while maintaining social distancing. In April, May, and June (planning another for July!), the AWW Program Staff set out to conduct multi-site bacteriological monitoring blitzes near their homes in the Auburn area. Each staffer took on multiple sites on several waterbodies in Auburn. Take a look at what we found!
Mona and her daughter SJ took on sites near Duck Samford Park, which look like a nice and shady refuge for a warm spring day. SJ is a great representative of the next generation of AWW monitors in training!
Sergio and Carolina always run into neat critters and animal friends! They found this little ground skink at one of their sites on Chewacla Creek.
They also passed by a baby cow and its mama on the way to sample Chewacla Creek.
Sydney and her mom, Beth, encountered a sneaky snake at their first site, but it was too quick for a photo. Luckily, she did manage to capture a picture this little yellow-bellied slider at her other site on Moore’s Mill Creek and a quick #StreamSelfie with her mom!
Rachel had an interesting find on her sites on Shelton Mill… teal blue water! While we are unsure exactly what made the water this color, we have hunch that there was some liming going on upstream. Calcium carbonate from limestone can sometimes cause this change in color.
Interested in what can impact changes in water color? Check out this article by American Rivers: https://www.americanrivers.org/rivers/discover-your-river/river-colors/
We will update this post with the results of our July Blitz!