FOMR’s fall benthic monitoring was completed on October 16th. Nine certified monitors and fourteen 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 benthic monitoring by clicking here.
- An SOS Index score of 9 to 12 = Acceptable ecological condition for aquatic life
- 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 for aquatic life
Sites & Scores (all sites are on main stem of Middle River):
- Summerdean Road 7 graph – 2011 to present
- Cattleman Road, Swoope 9 graph – 2011 to present
- Dogback Lane, Swoope 9 graph – 2013 to present
- Green Hills Lane, Churchville 9 graph – 2011 to present
- Eastwood Drive, Churchville 10 graph – 2011 to present
- Honeysuckle Hill, Middle River Road, Franks Mill 8 graph – 2011 to present
- River Ridge, Verona 9 graph – 2011 to present
- Cline Lane, Laurel Hill 10 graph – 2011 to present
- Dam Town Road, Ft. Defiance 9 graph – 2011 to present
Many thanks to the following FOMR volunteers who collected the samples and counted the critters: Pete Cooper, Paul Bugas, Sherry Stanley, Sara Jordan, Kate Guenther, Ann Cline, Adrie Voors, Chris & Kaylee Kasnosky, Phillip Davis, Dustin Staton, Joe Thompson, Tom Shapcott, Wendy Turley, Scout Leaders Michael Shaner & Richard Tankard with three Scouts, several Master Naturalists, and Whit Morriss.
Thank you to Kate Guenther for recording the data for FOMR.