The Estuary Partnership is organizing the third annual Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring event Sept. 26 and 27.

Volunteers and students will monitor the water quality of a stream or river site of their choice along the lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the river's mouth, or along tributary streams in Oregon or Washington. Organizers say the event will provide a "snapshot" of the water quality of the lower Columbia River.

Volunteers will monitor dissolved oxygen, temperature, acidity, turbidity and conductivity. The Estuary Partnership is tracking these results and will compare this year against the 2001 and 2002 results.

All student groups and volunteers are welcome to participate. No experience in water quality monitoring is necessary. The Estuary Partnership will provide training. Water quality monitoring kits are available to loan volunteers and the Estuary Partnership will be setting up stations where people can bring water samples to be analyzed.

The Estuary Partnership is setting up meeting locations along the Columbia River for volunteers interested in monitoring as part of a group. A limited number of kayaks will be available to reach on-water sites.

To sign up to participate, or for more information, contact Jennie Boyd at the Estuary Partnership office (503) 970-9006 or visit the Web site at (www.lcrep.org) and fill out the volunteer form.

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