The Westchester County Planning Department is organizing training sessions for residents interested in becoming environmental volunteers. Here are the details, courtesy of New Rochelle resident and County representative Barbara Dodds:

No experience is necessary to become a volunteer monitor, we will train you. You can join a team of ten volunteers to collect data on a local stream or come to the training session with your own team (lake associations, neighborhood associations, local boards or committees, etc. make great teams!) You can choose where you volunteer and how much time a month you would like to donate, anywhere from one morning a month or a morning every week.

This year the training takes place on a full Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers will spend the whole day outside learning and practicing how to use the monitoring equipment; collecting and identifying river critters, such as crawfish; and measuring physical conditions, such as amount of sediment in the stream! All data will add to the baseline of water quality data for Westchester County streams, and will be used for educational purposes.

To sign up for a training session, please email the form below to the indicated address. You will receive specific details about each training session prior to the event, so it is important that you register at least a week in advance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Karis at or call 914-995-4407.

Session   Date                        Location

1         Sat. April 3, 9am to 4pm    Rockefeller State Park, Tarrytown     
2         Sat. April 17, 9am to 4pm   Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
3         Sat. April 24, 9am to 4pm   Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
4         Sat. May 1, 9am to 4pm      F.D. Roosevelt Park, Yorktown Heights      

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