Spring 2018 Benthic Monitoring Results

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FOMR’s spring benthic monitoring was completed in early May.  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 score is a representation of the suitability of the stream for aquatic life.  It 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

Click on the links below to see graphs of our results since 2011.

  1. Summerdean Road   graph 2011-2018

  2. Cattleman Road, Swoope    graph 2011-2018

  3. Dog Back Lane, Swoope  graph 2011-2018

  4. Green Hills Lane, Churchville  graph 2011-2018

  5. Eastwood Drive, Churchville  graph 2011-2018

  6. Honeysuckle Hill, Middle River Road  graph 2011-2018

  7. River Ridge, Verona graph 2011-2018

  8. Cline Lane, Laurel Hill  graph 2011-2018

  9. Dam Town Road, Ft. Defiance graph 2011-2018

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