One of the more recent additions to SYRCL’s education outreach has been the Water Quality Monitoring Program. Each Spring, SYRCL and Tahoe National Forest offer “Creating River Stewards: Monitoring Water Quality of Public Lands” for 6th through 12th grade students. This educational opportunity is funded by a National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) Forest Service Greening STEM Grant.
In this program, area High School students are trained in water quality monitoring practices that emulate SYRCL’s award winning River Monitoring Program. Students collect water quality data, analyze and interpret the data they collect, and then use what they learned to teach others in their community about how they can be better stewards of the watershed.