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Stream Explorers: Aquatic Insects and Water Quality
July 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDTFree
Stream Explorers is a program to recruit, train, and support volunteers interested in searching streams for large aquatic insects that are excellent indicators of water quality and a changing environment. Learn about this partnership between Maine DEP, Maine Audubon, Portland Water District, and Lakes Environmental Association and the real need for screening-level surveys to help track water quality over time and obtain information about streams that have never been surveyed.
Tom Danielson is an aquatic biologist with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Currently, he leads the Aquatic Toxicology Unit and determines if fish are contaminated with toxic chemicals. Formerly, he coordinated biological assessments of rivers and streams with macroinvertebrates, algae, and fish. Before moving to Maine, Tom was an Ecologist with the Wetlands Division of U.S. EPA in Washington, DC. Tom earned a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, a Master of Public Policy from Duke University, a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.B.A. in Finance in the University of Massachusetts.