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Stream Snorkeling Program is a Success

Posted on: July 26th, 2021 by Brent Gotsch
A par­tic­i­pant peers at the streambed of Birch Creek at an AWSMP Stream Snor­kel­ing event.

AWSMP recent­ly held a two suc­cess­ful fresh­wa­ter stream snor­kel­ing events (a third event was can­celled due to poor con­di­tions). This was the first time that our pop­u­lar stream snor­kel­ing pro­grams have been held since the begin­ning of the pan­dem­ic. On July 16, approx­i­mate­ly 9 indi­vid­u­als (most­ly youths) met at the Eso­pus Creek behind the Emer­son Resort and Spa in Mount Trem­per. There AWSMP staff pro­vid­ed instruc­tion on safe snor­kel­ing and then pro­ceed­ed to use the snorkel gear to peer beneath the waves where sev­er­al inter­est­ing crea­tures includ­ing cray­fish, stone­flies, and oth­er macroin­ver­te­brates were found. On July 19, AWSMP ven­tured to Smith Park in Pine Hill where chil­dren enrolled in pro­gram­ming with the Pine Hill Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter per­formed the same activ­i­ty in near­by Birch Creek. They found sim­i­lar stream crit­ters there includ­ing a large crane­fly larva. 

Stream snor­kel­ing pro­vides a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty for par­tic­i­pants to see what is going on in the streambed and to bet­ter under­stand stream ecosys­tems. “Our fresh­wa­ter snor­kel­ing pro­gram pro­vides an amaz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to teach par­tic­i­pants about the impor­tance of streams,” says Snor­kel­ing Pro­gram Leader and Water­shed Youth Edu­ca­tor Matt Savat­gy, “It allows them to ful­ly immerse them­selves in the stream and to get to see what’s going on below the sur­face of the water, which is some­thing that most of them nev­er real­ly get an oppor­tu­ni­ty to do.”

No addi­tion­al stream snor­kel­ing pro­grams are planned for this year. How­ev­er, AWSMP is plan­ning sev­er­al addi­tion­al events that may be of inter­est to youth and fam­i­lies. To learn about upcom­ing events please reg­u­lar­ly vis­it the AWSMP webpage.

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