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Have Fun Learning Stream Quality Surveying with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Biologist

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Moss Wright Park

745 Caldwell Dr · Goodlettsville, TN

How to find us

Shelter # 2. Stay left at maintenance building & look for parking.

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Stream Quality Survey & Assessment Workshop
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( Biologist & TSRA ( Adopt-a-River coordinator Dave Pelren is hosting a stream survey for Paddle Adventures Unlimited ( members, interested organizations & citizens as a great opportunity members who want to make a difference for the health of Tennessee’s streams.

Quality streams are important to our every day lives.
What do you know about the water quality in your neighborhood?
Let's count critters including cool “benthic macroinvertebrates”...
don't miss the fun & water quality education.

The goal of our monitoring is to assess water quality in our living environments and to publish a report of the findings, which will be used to:
1. Inform our city and county leaders about water quality in their areas.
2. Educate the public about areas in their back yard that have excellent water quality and, as such, offer great recreational opportunities.
3. Help us better understand how our actions affect water quality and what we can do about it.

Why now? A number of streams near human population centers and recreation areas are polluted. The activities that contribute to the pollution of these streams include municipal waste inputs, livestock operations, logging, housing construction, industrial pollution, roads, and water withdrawal for drinking and irrigation.

Our citizens and schools can monitor physical habitat and the aquatic invertebrates downstream of these activities, and we can respond when problems are observed and documented. We can repair eroded stream banks, replace trees alongside streams, encourage exclusion of livestock from streams, and educate our kids about the value of aquatic resources. In some cases, we will provide information to government agencies so appropriate actions can be taken. There´s an amazing world waiting in streams that awaits anyone willing to take the time to flip over a few rocks.

This workshop will focus on thorough analysis of stream habitat and invertebrates that “tell us” how clean the water is.
We’ll also take a look at some physical / chemical parameters of the water, such as oxygen content and pH.

Mansker's Creek, Moss-Wright Park, Goodlettsville TN
Moss-Wright Park
745 Caldwell Ln, Goodlettsville, TN[masked], [masked] (,+-86.685401&num=1&sll=36.32128,-86.684253&sspn=0.006501,0.02002&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=36.321479,-86.686034&spn=0.00325,0.01001&t=h&z=17&iwloc=A)
Google map link from Titans Way Nashville Tn to Moss-Wright Park shelter#1 (,+Nashville,+TN&daddr=36.3231157,-86.6896944+to:%2B36%C2%B0+19'+14.09%22,+-86%C2%B0+41'+7.44%22+(36.320580,+-86.685401)&geocode=FaXWJwIdo_HT-imfaMcKUGZkiDFlWM7Mx5Qjww%3BFSs_KgIdYjjV-ikhA4VCaURkiDF2zcq7ivq5HA%3BFUQ1KgIdJ0nV-g&hl=en&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=15&via=1&sll=36.322421,-86.677322&sspn=0.013001,0.04004&ie=UTF8&ll=36.322145,-86.683052&spn=0.0065,0.02002&t=h&z=16)
from Nashville:
I65 North,
Right Exit 97 / Long Hollow Pke,
Right Caldwell Dr,
Right Moss-Wright Park entrance,
Right inside park (one-way),
Stay left @ maintenance building on left,
Look for shelter #2 on left.

Times for activities:

Pack a lunch.

Water quality sampling gear:
Plan to get wet in Mansker's Creek... bring waders or shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

Restrooms available.

1st step to Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association´s (TSRA) Adopt-a-River program. (

A big Thank You to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( for hosting the information.
A big Thank You to Amy & the City of Goodlettsville ( for hosting the location.

May 2011 Stream Quality Surveying event including photos. (

Contact David Pelren for more info. - [masked] . (
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