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Volunteers Needed to Monitor Waterways


On June 23, James City County will hold a training session for new and experienced volunteers to learn how they can help promote healthy waterways by monitoring local creeks and streams. The training session will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road.


The training will focus on the Coliscan Easygel method that is quick and easy to learn.  The Virginia Department of Water Quality (DEQ) and volunteer groups throughout the State use this method. 


The James City County Stormwater Division has been investigating bacteria in Mill Creek and Powhatan Creek since March 2009.  By working in partnership with volunteers trained in the Coliscan Easygel method, the Division will be able to expand the monitoring program to other areas of the County.


Anyone interested should RSVP by contacting the Stormwater Division at 757-259-1448 or


For information about this method and biological monitoring in Virginia, the Virginia Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program Methods Manual is available at


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