Water Programs

Water Quality Monitoring Information

Aquatic Entomology: The Fisherman's and Ecologist's Illustrated Guide to Insects and Their Relatives. W. Patrick McCafferty and Arwin V. Provonsha. 1981. A 450-page illustrated guide to aquatic macroinvertebrates (insects and non-insect) and stream ecology. ISBN No. 0867200170. Source: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776; or call (978) 443-5000; http://www.jbpub.com/.

Basinwide Estimation of Habitat and Fish Populations in Streams. C. Andrew Dolloff, David G. Hankin and Gordon H. Reeves. 1993. A 25-page manual that details how to inventory fish and habitat to evaluate watershed conditions. Source: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, P.O. Box 2680, Asheville, NC 28802; or call (704) 257-4832; www.fs.fed.us/.

Citizen Monitoring Manual. (second edition). 1991. A 46-page booklet that instructs volunteers about measuring air and water temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates and water clarity. Includes data sheets for recording collected information. Source: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 6600 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212; or call (410) 377-6270; http://www.acb-online.org/.

Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual. 1987. Source: National Technical Information Service (NTIS), National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161; or call (800) 553-NTIS; (document number ADA 176 734); http://www.ntis.org/.

Data to Information: A Guide Book for Coastal Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Groups in New Hampshire and Maine. (1998). Provides guidance on analyzing and presenting data. Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 235 Jefferson St., P.O. Box 309, Waldoboro, ME 04572-0309; or call (202)-832-0343; http://www.umext.maine.edu/.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Forestry Best Management Practices in Meeting Water Quality Goals or Standards. 1994. A compilation of approaches and methods to monitor the chemical, physical, biological and habitat condition of streams in order to evaluate the effectiveness of forestry best management practices. This manual is geared to different levels of technical expertise. Source: U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region, 1720 Peachtree Road, N.W., No.846, Atlanta, GA. 30367; or call (404) 347-2692; http://www.fs.fed.us/.

Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring - An Environmental Education Program for Schools. Mark Mitchell and William Stapp. 1994. Details nine important water quality monitoring tests, water pollut`on problems and solutions, quality assurance and quality control, safety, and how monitoring results can be useful. Source: Earth Force GREEN, 1908 Mount Vernon Avenue, 2nd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22301; or call (703) 299-9400; http://www.green.org/.

A Guide to the Study of Fresh-Water Biology. James G. Needham and Paul R. Needham. 1988. A 108-page guide designed to facilitate recognition of freshwater organisms in the field and the laboratory. Includes keys, tables, references and drawings of genera and species. Also discusses methods of sampling and how to analyze aquatic organisms and their environments. Source: Reiter's Scientific and Professional Books, 2021 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20006; or call (202) 223-3327 or (800) 537-4314; http://www.reiters.com/.

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

An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Richard W. Merrit and Kenneth W. Cummins. 1996. This 876-page manual contains detailed technical information about aquatic insect ecology and taxonomy. Does not contain any information about non-insect aquatic macroinvertebrates. ISBN No. 0-7872-3241-6. Source: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 2460 Kerper Blvd., P.O. Box 539, Dubuque, IA 52004-0539; or call (563) 589-1000 or (800) 247-3438; http://www.kendallhunt.com/.

Living Waters: Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Habitat to Assess Your River's Health. Geoff Dates. 2000. This comprehensive resource provides background information about macroinvertebrates, monitoring protocols, and advice on data presentation and interpretation. This resource also includes several keys to identify macroinvertebrates. Source: River Network, 520 SW 6th Avenue #1130, Portland, OR 97204; or call (503) 241-3506 or (800) 423-6747; http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

Method for the Comparative Evaluation of Nontidal Wetlands in New Hampshire. 1991. This manual provides a method of wetland evaluation for use by public officials and others who have some familiarity with wetlands, but who are not necessarily wetland specialists. It is based on the concept that the values of a wetland need to be judged on a local level. Source: New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services, Public Information, 6 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or call (603) 271-2975; http://www.des.state.nh.us/.

A Monitor's Guide to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates. Izaak Walton League of America. 1992. A 46-page layperson's guide to identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates (aquatic insect larvae) in the field including an easy-to-use key, drawings and tips for correct identification. Source: Izaak Walton League of America, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-2983; or call (301) 548-0150 or (800) BUG-IWLA; www.iwla.org/sosbooks.

The Monitor's Handbook. 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/.

Monitoring Mediterranean Wetlands: A Methodological Guide. 1996. Edited by Tomas Vives. This guide is aimed at wetland managers and decision-makers who wish to establish programs to monitor their wetlands. It details the logical steps to be taken in planning a wetland monitoring program, and includes guidelines for the selection of appropriate indicator parameters to monitor particular problems. Source: Natural History Book Service, 2-3 Wills Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5XN United Kingdom; or fax +44 1803 865 280; http://www.nhbs.co.uk/.

Oregon Freshwater Wetland Assessment Methodology. 1996. Prepared by Emily Roth, Richard Olsen, Patty Snow and Richard Summer. This manual provides a method of wetland assessment for planners, public officials and others who are familiar with wetlands but who are not necessarily wetland specialists. This method assesses wetland functions - wildlife habitat, fish habitat, water quality and hydrologic control; and the values - education, recreation and aesthetics. Source: Wetlands Program, Oregon Division of State Lands, 775 Summer St. N.E., Salem, OR 97310; or call (503) 378-3805; www.oregonstatelands.us/.

Rapid Bioassessment Protocols for Use in Wadeable Streams and Rivers: Periphyton, Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Fish. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1999. Outlines various habitat assessment and macroinvertebrate and fish sampling approaches for freshwater streams and rivers. Includes field survey sheets, references, case studies and alternative protocols. EPA Reference No. 841-B-99-002. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, 4503F, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC 20460; or call (202) 260-7018; http://www.epa.gov/.

River Monitoring Study Design Workbook. Geoff Dates. 1995. This workbook will help groups produce study designs that are tailored to the needs, issues and resources of their communities. It systematically guides the reader through the decision-making process of determining the purposes of the monitoring program, selecting appropriate water quality indicators, methods and sites, and setting up a quality assurance program. Source: River Network, 520 SW 6th Avenue #1130, Portland, OR 97204; or call (503) 241-3506 or (800) 423-6747; http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

Streamkeeper's Field Guide: Watershed Inventory and Stream Monitoring Methods. 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 tells stories of how real people use monitoring information. Source: The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation, 600 - 128th St. S.E., Everett, WA 98208; or call (206) 316-8592; http://www.streamkeeper.org/.

Testing the Waters: Chemical and Physical Vital Signs of a River. Sharon Behar. 1997. This 211-page manual, designed to meet the needs of schoolteachers and community groups, covers nine water quality indicators, information to design a study and manage data, and using data to take action. Each indicator chapter (physical survey, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, alkalinity, phosphate, nitrate and conductivity) is clearly written with background information, procedures for measuring them and great activities for teaching the information to students. ISBN N. 7872-2492-3. Source: River Network, 520 SW 6th Avenue #1130, Portland, OR 97204; or call (503) 241-3506 or (800) 423-6747; http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

Volunteer Estuary Monitoring: A Methods Manual. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1993. This 176-page manual presents information and methodologies for estuarine water quality while stressing proper quality assurance and quality control techniques to ensure that data are useful to state agencies and other data users. Reference No. EPA 842-B-93-004. Source: National Service Center for Environmental Publications, 11029 Kenwood Road, Building 5, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or call (513) 489-8190 or (800) 490-9198; http://www.epa.gov/.

Volunteer Lake Monitoring: A Methods Manual. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1991. This 121-page manual discusses planning and managing a volunteer monitoring program, including setting goals and ensuring quality data. It concentrates on three common lake pollution problems: increased algae growth; increased growth of rooted aquatic plants; lowered or fluctuating levels of dissolved oxygen. EPA Reference No. 440491002. Source: National Service Center for Environmental Publications, 11029 Kenwood Road, Building 5, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or call (513) 489-8190 or (800) 490-9198; http://www.epa.gov/.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1997. This manual details a variety of watershed and stream monitoring methods and provides information on managing and presenting data. Reference No. EPA 841-B-97-003. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, 4503F, 401 M St., SW, Washington, DC 20460; or call (202) 260-7018; www.epa.gov/owow/monitoring/volunteer/stream.

Wetland Walk Manual: Guidebook for Citizen Participation. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 15-page manual and 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. Source: U.S. EPA Wetlands Information Hotline, (800) 832-7828; Wetlands Helpline, c/o EPA Water Resource Center, Mail Code RC-4100T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460; www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/wetline.html.

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