OSU Extension has developed a new program that utilizes electrofishing demonstrations to increase water quality awareness. Since 2001, over 2,000 participants have attended 72 demonstrations. Participants learn about water quality indicators and the electrofishing process, view aquatic wildlife and stream habitat, and discuss conservation measures that can protect and restore streams. An Extension professional does not need to be an expert on electrofishing or have any equipment to organize a demonstration. An interest and a dedicated fisheries resource person is all that is needed. Electrofishing demonstrations provide a fun, non-confrontational way to discuss water quality topics that can be controversial.

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