April, 2014, Benthic Monitoring Results

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FOMR’s spring benthic monitoring began on April 3rd and was completed on April 12th.  Eight certified monitors and nine volunteers helped collect the critters and record the data.

Each site monitored has a “score” – a number between 0 and 12 – from the 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    7      view graph          
  2. Cattleman Road, Swoope    11     view graph
  3. Dogback Lane, Swoope    11     view graph             
  4. Green Hills Lane, Churchville    11    view graph
  5. Eastwood Drive, Churchville    10    view graph          
  6. Middle River Road, Franks Mill    9    view graph
  7. River Ridge, Verona    9    view graph
  8. Cline Lane, Laurel Hill    10    view graph
  9. Damtown Road, Ft. Defiance    12    view graph

Many thanks to the following FOMR volunteers who collected the samples and counted the critters:  Whit Morriss, Ann Cline, Pete Cooper, Paul Bugas, Kate Guenther, Sherry Stanley, Sara Jordan, Adrie Voors, Darrell Schwalm, Rick Chittum, Wick Vellines, Tom Shapcott, Reese Bull, Pam Patrick, Chris & Kalee Kaznosky, and Henri Bowman.

Monitoring in summer 2014 will likely start in late June or early July.  If you would like to become a monitor, please volunteer to help with a monitoring site this summer, and we will put you on the list of students to be notified when our next set of classes will commence.  Please click here and tell us that you would like to participate in a monitoring event this summer.


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