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Sampling Time and Distance
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Surface, Tides, and Conditions

Hazards, Risks, and Barriers

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Outfalls Present in Reach

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Type Diameter(in) Eroded/Undercut Trash/Debris Damaged Clogged Vegetation Options

Calibration and Comments

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Core Tests

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Air Temp N/A °C
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pH Standard unit
Dissolved Oxygen mg/L (ppm)
Conductivity N/A μS/cm
Salinity ppt
Secchi Disk cm
Chlorophyll a N/A μg/L

Additional Tests

Result Units
Alkalinity mg/L (ppm)
Ammonia-N mg/L (ppm)
Nitrate-N mg/L (ppm)
Orthophosphate mg/L (ppm)
Sampling Depth cm
Settleable Solids
Enter T for Trace
mg/L (ppm)
Turbidity NTU

Custom Tests

If you have additional tests not found under Core Tests or Other Tests, enter them below.
Tests Result Units

General Data

3M Petrifilm Method Escherichia coli

Blank Plate Plate 1 Plate 2 Plate 3 Avg cfu /100mL
Hrs
°C
°C

Comments

General Data

Method Used
ft
Habitats Sampled

Taxa Groups

Directions Consult the macroinvertebrate monitoring manuals for sampling guidelines

  1. Separate the macroinvertebrates into the different taxa groupings listed in the table below
  2. Note with taxa are present and their abundance code based on the number of individuals present in your sample. Enter these codes in the boxes below for each taxa.
Abundance Codes R (rare) = 1-9, C (common) = 10-99, and D (dominant) = 100 individuals or greater

Sensitive

Somewhat Sensitive

Tolerant

Other Information

Fish Asian Clams Salamanders Tadpoles Nonnative Crayfish
# Individuals

Comments

Stream habitat will be evaluated looking both upstream and downstream, and includes: channel bottom materials, streamside vegetation, slope, and other channel characteristics.
You may choose a value between 1-10 for each parameter. Note questions 8-10 ask you to evaluate each bank separately.

All measurements should be taken during baseflow conditions. Stream reach is defined as 12 times stream width, bankfull to bankfull.

Stream Type


Rocky bottom steams need to evaluate embeddedness whereas muddy bottom streams need to evaluate channel sinuosity.

Channel Evaluation

Epifaunal Substrate

What types of submerged materials are on the channel bottom?

Little or no stable habitat cover available for colonization by macroinvertebrates and fish: submerged roots, woody and vegetative debris, cobbles, leaf packs and undercut banks; habitat may move during high flows.

Adequate stable habitat cover for colonization by macroinvertebrates and fish: submerged roots, woody and vegetative debris, cobbles, leaf packs and undercut banks

Abundant stable habitat cover for colonization by macroinvertebrates and fish: submerged roots, woody and vegetative debris, cobbles, leaf packs and undercut banks.

 

Riffle/Run/Pool Presence or Absence

Are riffles, runs, and pools present as habitat in your stream reach?

Only one (1) habitat type present and dominant.

Two (2) habitat types are present.

Yes, all three (3) habitat types (riffle, run, pool) are present and frequent.

 

Sediment Deposition

Are sandbars and islands present?

Heavy deposits of usually fine sediment; channel affected by extensive deposition. Point bars are bare.

Some new bar formation of the channel bottom with new deposition in pools. Some increase in point bar formation.

Little or no enlargement of vegetated islands or point bars.

 

Aquatic Vegetation

How much algae and aquatic plant growth exists in the stream?

Pea green, gray, or brown water in whole reach; dense stands of plants clog stream; severe algal blooms create thick algal mats in stream.

Fairly clear to slightly greenish water in whole reach; some to abundance of lush green plants; moderate to abundant algae growth

Clear water in whole reach; diverse aquatic plant community - low quantity of plants; little algae growth

 

Channel Alteration

Has the stream channel been altered by humans?

Most of stream reach channelized and/ or many alterations present such as dredging, agriculture, concrete banks or construction activities. Little sign of recovery.

Some evidence of channelization and/ or alterations such as dredging, agriculture, concrete banks or construction activities. Or full recovery from any alteration.

No evidence of channelization (straightening) or alterations such as dredging, agriculture, concrete banks or construction activities.

 

Embeddedness

Are fine sediments being deposited in riffle/run area?

Gravel and cobble are completely embedded in riffle area.

Gravel and cobble are partially embedded in riffle area.

Gravel and cobble are slightly embedded in riffle area.

 

Bank Evaluation

Bank Stability

How stable are the stream banks?

Bank unstable; many eroded and scoured areas with undercutting; bank failure present; steep banks. Little over hanging vegetation present.

Bank moderately stable; evidence of small areas of erosion, undercutting and scouring, or bank failure present. Moderate amounts of overhanging vegetation present.

Bank stable; erosion, scouring, undercutting or bank failure absent or minimal. Vegetation overhanging the stream is abundant.


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Right Bank

 

Vegetative Protection

Are stream banks covered & shaded by a variety of vegetation?

Few streambank surfaces covered and shaded by vegetation. Little variety of vegetation. Streambank dominated by one type of vegetation (trees, shrubs, flowering plants and grasses).

Some streambank surfaces covered and shaded by some variety of vegetation (trees, shrubs, flowering plants and grasses).

Most streambank surfaces covered and shaded by a large variety of vegetation (trees, shrubs, flowering plants and grasses).


Left Bank

 

Right Bank

 

Riparian Vegetative Zone Width

What is the amount of buffer available?

Little or no buffer present; vegetation extends less than one channel width on each side. Human activities substantially impact buffer zone.

Some buffer present; some variety of vegetation extends one to two channel widths on each side. Human activities have impacted buffer zone.

Buffer present; a large variety of vegetation extends at least three channel widths on each side.

Left Bank

 

Right Bank

 

Comments

Stream Habitat Score: 45


Poor (9-22)


Fair (23-45)


Good (46-68)


Excellent (69-90)