Water Programs

Watershed Assessment and Site Inventory

Habitat Suitability Index Models. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Available for a variety of species. Source: National Wetland Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Layfayette, LA 70506; or call (337) 266-8500; www.nwrc.usgs.gov/wdb/pub/hsi/hsiintro.htm.

The Monitor's Handbook. Gayla Campbell and Steve Wildberger. 1992. A 72-page guide for conducting watershed surveys, locating monitoring sites, collecting samples, and choosing appropriate methods and equipment. Includes charts, drawings and references, and describes the physical, chemical and biological factors of water quality and measurement procedures. Source: LaMotte Co., P.O. Box 329, Chestertown, MD 21620; or call (800) 344-3100; http://www.lamotte.com/.

Riparian Health Assessment for Streams and Small Rivers - Field Workbook. L. Fitch, B.W. Adams and G. Hale (eds.) 2001. This 86-page book is useful for assessments of streams and rivers less than 50 feet wide that are easily crossed by humans or livestock. This assessment concentrates on streamside vegetation and overall health of the stream banks and stream corridor. Source: Cows and Fish Program, Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Program, YPM Place, Natural Resources Service, 530 8th Street South, Bag 3014, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1J2J8; or call (403) 381-5538; http://www.cowsandfish.org/.

Stream Channel Reference Sites: An Illustrated Guide to Field Technique. Cheryl C. Harrelson, C.L. Rawlins and John P. Potyondy. 1994. A 61-page technical guide to establishing permanent reference sites for gathering data about the physical characteristics of streams and rivers. General Technical Report RM-245. Source: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Suite 368, 2150 Centre Avenue, Building A, Fort Collins, CO 80526; or call (970) 295-5983; http://www.stream.fs.fed.us/.

Streamkeeper's Field Guide: Watershed Inventory and Stream Monitoring Methods. Thomas B. Murdoch and Martha Cheo with Kate O’Laughlin. 1996. This 300-page field guide outlines how to conduct a watershed inventory; evaluate fish and wildlife habitats; and survey land uses. Explains quality assurance/quality control procedures and shows how people use monitoring information. Source: The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation, 600 - 128th St. S.E., Everett, WA 98208; or call (425) 316-8592; http://www.streamkeeper.org/.

Stream Visual Assessment Protocol. Natural Resources Conservation Service. 1998. An easy-to-use assessment protocol to evaluate the condition of aquatic ecosystems associated with streams. National Water and Climate Center Technical Note 99-1. Source: National Water and Climate Center, 101 S.W. Main, Suite 1600, Portland, OR 97204; or call (503) 414-3055; http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/.

Wetland Walk Manual: Guidebook for Citizen Participation. K. Rave. 1996. This 15-page manual and related data forms provide instructions for citizens to determine the wetland type, observe human impacts to the wetland, observe signs of degradation in the wetland, and describe vegetative communities. EPA Reference No. 910/R-009. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, 1200 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101-9797;or call (206) 553-6686 or (800) 832-7828; http://www.epa.gov/.

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