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Hickory Creek bioblitzes being held Saturday

A bioblitz was held in this stretch of Hickory Creek in Pilcher Park in 2015.
A bioblitz was held in this stretch of Hickory Creek in Pilcher Park in 2015.

Joliet is looking for volunteers of all ages to join a one-day scientific expedition at Hickory Creek on Saturday.

The Joliet event will be one of four bioblitzes being held from 9:30 a.m. to noon along Hickory Creek.

The Joliet bioblitz includes a search for information about aquatic organisms in the creek along with a cookout, touch-a-truck event, and tour of the city’s Washington Street Water Treatment Plant.

The outing is aimed at collecting useful information about Hickory Creek while also providing activities that encourage families to attend. Biologists will be at the event to help identify organisms, according to a news release from the city.

“Kids can look in the microscope and see if they can identify some of the aquatic species that are in the water,” Joliet Interim Utilities Director Allison Swisher said.

Swisher said samples will be collected along a stretch of the creek where the city has done erosion prevention work.

The city is a member of the Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group whose purpose is to improve the quality of water in the creek.

The planning group has organized bioblitzes on the same day at other sections of the creek in New Lenox, Mokena and Tinley Park. Registration information is available at eepurl.com/dCl1YD.

The Joliet event is at the Joliet Water and Sewer Service Center at 921 Washington St. For information about the Joliet bioblitz, call Swisher at 815-724-4222.

The other bioblitzes will start at New Lenox VFW, 323 Old Hickory Road; Crystal Creek Prairie Path at 10798 Crystal Creek Drive in Mokena; and Union Ditch Park at 19900 80th Avenue in Tinley Park.

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