Summer 2014 Benthic Monitoring Results

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FOMR’s summer benthic monitoring began on July  10th and was completed on July 20th.  Eight certified monitors and nine volunteers 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   5      view graph
  2. Cattleman Road, Swoope   9     view graph
  3. Dog Back Lane, Swoope    10     view graph             
  4. Green Hills Lane, Churchville    11    view graph
  5. Eastwood Drive, Churchville    9    view graph       
  6. Middle River Road, Franks Mill    7    view graph
  7. River Ridge, Verona    9    view graph
  8. Cline Lane, Laurel Hill    8    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, Ann Cline, Pete Cooper, Paul Bugas, Kate Guenther, Sherry Stanley, Sara Jordan, Adrie Voors, Rick Chittum, Tom Shapcott, Chris & Kalee Kaznosky, Joe Thompson, Ann Murray, Calvin Jordan, David Fuller, and Joe McCue.

Our fall monitoring will likely start in early October.  If you would like to become a monitor, please volunteer to help with a monitoring site this fall, and we will put you on the list of students to be notified when our next set of classes will commence.

Please click here to volunteer to participate in a monitoring event this fall.


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