Volunteer Opportunities and Events
Wonders on the Wabash
Wonders on the Wabash will take place September 5, 6 and 7 this year. The TCPWQ is looking for adult volunteers for all three days to assist 6th grade students both on land and on the water. If you would like to register to volunteer please follow the link to visit our Eventbrite Site. For further information on the event visit our W.O.W tab.
There exist several water quality programs and organizations that encourage citizens to volunteer with their organizations. Or, you could establish your own volunteer group at school, with people from work, or with people in your community. Also, don't forget to occasionally check the Calendar page for up-to-date local events.
The City of Lafayette website has a list of additional volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers for Hoosier Riverwatch regularly collect information concerning the health of a stream or river's habitat, biology, and chemistry. You can join an existing Riverwatch group or you can learn the procedures for yourself at one of the Riverwatch training workshops. This program is suitable for all ages and you don't need to have previous knowledge or experience to participate. If you are already a Riverwatch volunteer, you can enter your data here.
The Earth Team is a group of volunteers who assist the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District with a wide range of tasks. As a member of the Earth Team, you'll be involved in conservation at the action level - helping farmers, ranchers, and other landowners reduce wind and water erosion, keep streams clear, conserve water, enhance wildlife habitat, and reduce upstream flooding. Anyone 14 years of age or older and interested in conserving our precious natural resources can join the Earth Team. You can work part-time or full-time, evenings or weekends, outdoors or in a local NRCS office. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group! If you would like to volunteer, contact the Tippecanoe County SWCD at 765-474-9992, Ext. 3 or send an email.
Volunteers search for rare, discarded treasures that have ended in and along the county's waterways. If you are looking for a good set of bald tires, a scratch and dent refrigerator suitable for use as a planter, a bicycle whose chain needs some serious oiling, a water heater complete with water, or a slightly soggy recliner, this is the program for you. Last year, Frankfort High School, in Clinton County, won the award for most trash collected by removing 16 TONS from Prairie Creek! Click here for more information on the Adopt-A-River program.
INDIANA CLEAN LAKES PROGRAM
The Indiana Clean Lakes Program focuses on lake clarity as an indicator of the overall health of a lake. Volunteer groups take secchi disk readings about once every two weeks during the monitoring season (May-September). Second-year volunteers have the opportunity to begin water chemistry monitoring. The volunteers are trained to collect water samples that are analyzed by Indiana University for total phosphorus and chlorophyll A. Volunteers who have been monitoring for one year or longer can be trained to use Dissolved Oxygen meters. Data collected can be entered directly on the volunteer monitoring website, e-mailed in, or mailed. If you are already a volunteer monitor, you can enter your data here.