SOS workshop study resources

The resources below will prepare you for a Save Our Streams (SOS) workshop.  Begin your study by reviewing the USEPA Volunteer Manual's chapters/sections listed below.  Although dated, the manual provides good background information and basic concepts.  Once familiar with the basics, continue by reviewing as many of the recommended resources as possible. If your time permits the remainder of these resources should be reviewed as well... Thank you in advance for participating in an SOS workshop.
Stream study  Water quality   Macroinvertebrates and habitat
Basic concepts Stream discharge Habitat evaluation
Study design Dissolved oxygen Streamside biosurvey
Safety considerations Turbidity Other 
Watershed surveys  Alkalinity and pH Glossary of terms
Visual assessment Temperature and conductivity Latitude and longitude
Introduction to more basic concepts
    1. Introduction to the properties of water
    2. What is a watershed
    3. What is a stream reach?
    4. Introduction to water quality 
    5. Why are riparian buffers so important?  Click-Here to learn more
    6. The Volunteer Assessment Database (VAD)

Specific procedures and important concepts 

    1. WV Save Our Streams - Level-1 Standard Operating Procedures 
    2. Pebble count collection procedures
    3. Velocity head rod (VHR) method for measuring stream flow. Note: SOS VHR prcedure differs slightly.
   Click-Here to learn about other stream flow (discharge) measurement procedures .
    4. Cacapon Institute's introduction to stream sampling 
    5. Cacapon Institute's virtual stream monitoring activity  
    6. Click-Here to lean more about SOS stream survey data sheets
    7. Wisconsin’s Water Action Volunteers - Habitat evaluations
 Benthic macroinvertebrates
    1. Bouchard, R.W. 2004. Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates of the Upper Midwest 
    2. Cacapon Institute’s Benthic Portal
    3. Click-Here to review the program's level-one benthic ID-guide
    4. ID Activity: Practise your macroinvertebrate identification skills
    5. Representative images of aquatic invertebrates 
    6. WV Save Our Streams guide to aquatic invertebrates