Resources for Conserving Streams and Wetlands

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Whether you’re new to stream monitoring or an experienced water wader, the League has the resources you need to succeed.

Field Guide to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates ($8.95)
This handy reference tool is designed to help volunteer monitors identify aquatic macroinvertebrates when conducting water quality surveys. The brochure is laminated for durable outdoor use. Diagrams of macroinvertebrate larvae and adults are grouped by biological type and display common features that characterize each. Symbols indicate pollution sensitivity (sensitive, less sensitive, and tolerant) based on the League’s Save Our Streams (SOS) classification system.

S.O.S. for America’s Streams: A Guide to Water Quality Monitoring ($19.95)
This 28-minute DVD demonstrates biological stream monitoring methods, macroinvertebrate identification techniques, and how to adopt a stream. This is a great resource for training volunteers or introducing schools or community groups to water quality monitoring.

Handbook for Stream Enhancement and Stewardship ($34.95)
This handbook provides information to help readers assess and document local stream conditions, implement enhancement plans, and maintain the stream and corridor in its enhanced state of better health and balance. Written in clear, accessible language, the handbook includes:

  • An overview of stream corridors, beginning with the concept of the watershed and looking more closely at hydrologic, vegetation, and land-use characteristics.
  • Essential steps in assessing the condition of a watershed.
  • How to plan for, carry out, and document a detailed stream survey.
  • Methods of stream enhancement and the process of implementing them in appropriate conditions.
  • Information on stream corridor enhancement in range lands and pasture lands.

Handbook for Wetlands Conservation and Sustainability ($39.95)
This handbook explains wetland ecology, functions, and values and provides tips for organizing your community to monitor, conserve, and restore local wetlands. It includes wetland definitions, monitoring instructions, project ideas, regulatory avenues for wetland protection, case studies, and an extensive resource section.

All of these resources are available from the League’s publisher, McDonald and Woodward. Order online at, by phone at (800) 233-8787, or by e-mail at