Fall 2014 Benthic Monitoring Results

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FOMR’s fall benthic monitoring began on October 15th and was completed on October 26th.  Six certified monitors and seven assistants helped collect the critters and record the data.

Each site monitored receives 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 (west of Middlebrook)   6      view graph
  2. Cattleman Road, Swoope   8     view graph
  3. Dog Back Lane, Swoope    10     view graph             
  4. Green Hills Lane, Churchville    11    view graph
  5. Eastwood Drive, Churchville    8    view graph       
  6. Honeysuckle Hill, Middle River Road, Franks Mill    7    view graph
  7. River Ridge, Verona    10    view graph
  8. Cline Lane, Laurel Hill    9    view graph
  9. Dam Town Road, Ft. Defiance    10    view graph

Many thanks to the following FOMR volunteers who collected the samples and counted the critters:  Whit Morriss, Pete Cooper, Paul Bugas, Kate Guenther, Sherry Stanley, Sara Jordan, Adrie Voors, Chris & Kalee Kasnosky, Pam Patrick, Rick Chittum, Reese Bull and Joe McCue.

Monitoring in spring 2015 will likely start in late March or early April.  We will be having classes between now and then for anyone wishing to become either a monitor assistant or a certified monitor.  Please contact us by clicking here and indicating that you would like to know when the classes will start.

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