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How to Join WAVE

Anyone who can kick over a rock can participate in WAVE! To participate, follow these simple steps:

Get Trained

WAVE training is now online! Get trained in the WAVE method today from the comfort of your own home using the link to the Sampling Guide and WAVE Training videos below:

WAVE Sampling Guide (PDF, 2.05 MB)

WAVE Training Videos (link leaves DEC's website)

Find a WAVE Team (optional)

Two minds are better than one and two bodies are safer for stream sampling! Contact to learn about teams in your area.

Sign the WAVE Waiver

Everyone who participates in WAVE must sign the WAVE waiver. Print, sign, and scan this waiver and email it to

WAVE Waiver

Get Equipment

You will need a kick net and a sample vial to collect a WAVE sample. A limited number of equipment sets are available through the WAVE Equipment Loan Program. Equipment applications are due June 1st of each year. Contact to receive a copy of this application.

Stay in the Loop

All WAVE announcements are sent to our email list serve. To sign up, enter your email address in the blue "DEC Delivers" box on the WAVE homepage.

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