April 2015 Benthic Monitoring Results

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FOMR’s spring benthic monitoring was completed on April 18th.  Seven certified monitors and sixteen assistant monitors helped collect the critters and record the data.

Each site monitored receives a “score” – a number between 0 and 12 – from the VA Save Our Streams (SOS) Multimetric Index.  The SOS Multimetric Index score is a representation of the suitability of the stream for aquatic life.  The score is determined by the number and kind of aquatic critters found in a water sample.  You will find more info on our benthic monitoring program by clicking here.

An SOS Index score of  9 to 12 = Acceptable ecological condition

An SOS Index score of  8 = Ecological condition cannot be determined at this time (Gray Zone)

An SOS Index score of  0 to 7 = Unacceptable ecological condition

Sites & Scores (all sites are on main stem of Middle River):

  1. Summerdean Road (west of Middlebrook)  4       view graph
  2. Cattleman Road, Swoope   6    view graph
  3. Dog Back Lane, Swoope   6      view graph             
  4. Green Hills Lane, Churchville  12     view graph
  5. Eastwood Drive, Churchville   8    view graph       
  6. Honeysuckle Hill, Middle River Road, Franks Mill  8    view graph
  7. River Ridge, Verona   9    view graph
  8. Cline Lane, Laurel Hill   12     view graph
  9. Dam Town Road, Ft. Defiance  12      view graph

Many thanks to the following FOMR volunteers who collected the samples and counted the critters:  Pete Cooper, Paul Bugas, Sherry Stanley, Sara Jordan, Ann Cline, Darrell Schwalm, Adrie Voors, Chris & Kalee Kasnosky, Reese Bull, Phillip Davis, Dustin Staton, Joe Thompson, Steve Cummins and Whit Morriss.  Also helping were Master Naturalist Roxanna Theiss with trainees Kathy Byers, Lacey Dean, Byron Hukee, Brian Lux, Stephen Pietrowski, Peggy Plass and Sandi Rose.  Thank you to Kate Guenther for recording the data for FOMR.

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