E. coli bacteria monitoring of Cobb County streams is needed by Cobb County with free training provided to volunteers. The next Bacteria Monitoring Workshop will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Cobb County Water Quality Laboratory, 660 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. Courtesy of Cobb County

Cobb’s stream water quality needs monitoring

The Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program offers free monthly volunteer training to those who want to learn how to monitor stream water quality in their neighborhoods by adopting local creeks.

The next Bacteria Monitoring Workshop will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Cobb County Water Quality Laboratory, 660 South Cobb Drive, Marietta.

Participants will focus on proper collection of a water sample, transfer of the sample onto plates that will be incubated and interpretation of the results to check for E. coli levels.

E. coli is an indicator organism that is used often to assess the water quality.

Monitoring levels of E. coli can help identify possible sources of pollution.

Volunteers, who successfully perform the bacterial monitoring and pass the written test with a score of 90 percent or better, will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year.

Register: eventbrite.com/e/georgia-adopt-a-stream-bacteria-monitoring-workshop-tickets-21069073165

Information: water_RSVP@CobbCounty.org, CobbStreams.org

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