Blue Thumb - Stream Protection Through Education
Summer Internships Available!
There are currently two exciting summer internship opportunities here at the Conservation Commission's Water Quality Division.
The first is a water quality monitoring internship, working with our professional monitoring team on a variety of field work projects, including fish and benthic macroinvertebrate collections. Click here for more information.
The second is an internship within the Blue Thumb program specifically, working with the BT team, primarily on fish and bug collections, plus other possible duties. Click here for more information.
Welcome to Blue Thumb!
Oklahoma’s Blue Thumb Program is a statewide citizen science program that trains volunteers to monitor creeks and streams and share their knowledge of water quality with others. The goal of Blue Thumb is to empower people to protect water in their region from nonpoint source pollution.
Over 75 Oklahoma streams are being monitored by Blue Thumb volunteers - citizens like you! Become part of this important network of volunteers who collect valuable data and educate in their communities about how to protect this most precious resource.The goal of Blue Thumb is to provide stream protection through education. We accomplish this by empowering citizens across the state to monitor a local stream and teaching them how to educate about Oklahoma's water resources.
The first step to becoming a Blue Thumb volunteer is to attend a volunteer training. We hold several throughout the year in different parts of the state, so there may be one happening near you soon. If you have a group of 10 or more people who are interested in becoming volunteers, let us know and we can schedule a special training in your area.
Blue Thumb is funded through the EPA's Section 319 Program, which covers nonpoint source pollution. This is pollution that flows into our streams and rivers from stormwater runoff. Unlike some states, Oklahoma's stormwater is not treated before it enters a stream, so everything we do on the land impacts our water quality. The best way to prevent pollution from entering our streams is through education and implementation of best management practices. We are all part of the problem; therefore, we are all part of the solution.
Our children and our grandchildren deserve the chance to swim and fish in clean lakes and rivers, and you can help make that happen! Click here to get your Blue Thumb!
There are no upcoming events at this time.
The Blue Thumb Program is the education arm of the Water Quality Division of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
Click on the logo to visit the Commission's site and learn more about their statewide conservation work.
Funding provided through the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 (Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act) via the State of Oklahoma Office of The Secretary of Energy and the Environment.
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