SOS Library

There is an ocean’s worth of information about water out there. The Save Our Streams Library offers time-tested materials that can help make you a stream expert.

Stream Monitoring Materials

  • Key to Stream Macroinvertebrates (PDF link): This 1-pager walks you through identifying bugs in your creek with detailed illustrations and tips like looking at the number of legs and tails.

  • Sources of Pollution: Point and Nonpoint: When asked to picture pollution entering rivers, most people think of factory pipes spewing foul-smelling chemicals into the water. But the most significant threat to water quality today is pollution without an easily identifiable source. Learn more about pollution sources.

  • What Is a Wetland?: Healthy wetlands are essential to healthy fish and wildlife populations – and a healthy economy. Learn more about wetland functions here.

  • Water Words Dictionary: From aquifers to wetlands (sorry, no "z" words in our dictionary yet), we'll walk you through the many words that describe the health of your waterways and how they function.

Macroinvertebrate Resources

  • Key to Stream Macroinvertebrates (PDF link): This 1-pager walks you though identifying bugs in your creek with detailed illustrations and tips like looking at the number of legs and tails.

  • Macroinvertebrates Scale Chart (PDF link): A 1 page key that gives users a general idea of what size to expect for each macroinvertebrate.

  • How to ID Macros (PDF link): New to macroinvertebrate ID? Check out this quick guide to get you started.
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Join the Clean Water Challenge

Our challenge is to monitor 100,000 more stream sites nationwide by 2022! But we need your help to do it, whether it's chatting with neighbors about water issues or getting your feet wet with stream monitoring. 

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Aqua Bugs App

Solve a bug ID mystery with this fun and free app. The Aqua Bugs app helps you identify bugs while stream monitoring. Give it a try!