Conservation project to start in Kent

The Kent Conservation Commission will get its feet wet in citizen science beginning Sunday, Sept. 28.

Kicking off that day will be "Macroinvertebrate Madness," a two-part assessment of the health of Kent's streams through examining its critters, such as stonefly nymphs, which are indicative of water quality.

Commissioners will lead teams of volunteers to conduct rapid bio-assessments in Kent streams.

The bio-assessments are in accordance with standards set by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The data will be included in DEEP's statewide database.

The commission will also participate in the Stroud Water Research Leaf Pack Network by placing and retrieving leaf packs for analysis and data collection.

The project will start with rapid bio-assessment and the placement of leaf packs for later collection and analysis.

Teams will convene at 8:30 a.m. at Town Hall. Training and supplies will be provided.

The leaf packs will be collected Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kent Commons pavilion.

For more information, email Melissa Cherniske at