Spring 2017 Benthic Monitoring Results

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FOMR’s spring benthic monitoring was completed in April.  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.

  • 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):

  1. Summerdean Road    8     graph of results

  2. Cattleman Road, Swoope    9     graph of results

  3. Dogback Lane, Swoope    9   graph of results            

  4. Green Hills Lane, Churchville    10   graph of results

  5. Eastwood Drive, Churchville    9  graph of results         

  6. Honeysuckle Hill, Middle River Road    10   graph of results

  7. River Ridge, Verona    10   graph of results

  8. Cline Lane, Laurel Hill    11   graph of results

  9. Dam Town Road, Ft. Defiance    10   graph of results

Thank you to Kate Guenther for recording the data for FOMR.


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