If you’ve ever wanted to help safeguard streams in the Poconos, now’s your chance.


Brodhead Watershed Association will soon welcome new “water warriors” into its popular Streamwatch program.


Those interested can attend Streamwatch volunteer training sessions, which will be held in March. Volunteers need only attend one session, offered at Northampton Community College’s Tannersville campus and Brodhead Creek Heritage Center in East Stroudsburg.


With more than 70 volunteers in seven sub-watershed regions of Monroe County, BWA Streamwatchers have been checking streams montly for 29 years.


New volunteers are always welcome to join the efforts to ensure water quality.


Veteran Streamwatchers can also attend the course to refresh their knowledge.


Streamwatch volunteers “fulfill an important role in safeguarding the quality of Pocono waters as well as helping the public become more aware of the valuable natural resources we share,” said Bob Heil, BWA executive director. “These citizen scientists not only test for indicators of pollution, they also provide observations on the health of our streams.”


If problems are discovered, the BWA alerts regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Environmental Protection.


At the training, volunteers will meet other Streamwatchers from the local watershed, learn what the program is all about, and get hands-on training with the equipment.


For more information, or to register for either training session, contact the BWA office at 570-839-1120 or email info@brodheadwatershed.org. Registration is preferred.


For more about the Streamwatch program, see brodheadwatershed.org/stream-watch/.