Standard Operating Procedures

Described here are the programs standard operating procedures (SOPs) for completing a biosurvey.  These SOPs are designed and intended for the assessment of wadeable streams; they consist of three basic elements:(1) Water quality analysis; (2) Physical and habiat evaluations; and (3) assessment of the benthic macroinvertebrate community.  

Note: Many of the links below are or include portable document files

  1. Level-One SOPs (Provides descriptions of Level-1 procedures)
  2. Advanced SOPs (Provides descriptions of Advanced procedures)
  3. Click-Here to learn more about using a surber-style kick-net
  4. Collecting macroinvertebrates from low-gradient streams  
  5. Lab sub-sampling of macroinvertebrates (Includes links to lab-style ID-sheet and labels)
  6. Watershed Assessment Branch modified SOPs for volunteer water quality sample collection
  7. Pebble count collection procedures 
  8. Projects and Reports (Projects/reports produced by the program and its partners)
  9. Quality assurance and quality control (QAQC) manual
  10. Recommended Biosurvey Equipment
  11. The stream reach
  12. USEPA's Rapid Bioassessment Protocols
  13. WVDEP's Watershed Assessment Branch SOPs
  14. Cacapon Institute's - Introduction to Stream Sampling 
Click-Here for more SOPs related to stream monitoring and assessment

If your organization decides to complete independent surveys that includes aquatic collections, you must apply for and receive a Scientific Collection Permit from the WVDNR.  Click-Here to view an example of the program's permit. [§20-2-50]