Workshop Study Resources

The resources below will help you prepare for a Save Our Streams (SOS) workshop.  You should begin your study by reviewing the USEPA Volunteer Manual's chapters/sections listed below.  This provides background information and an overview of basic concepts.  Once you are familiar with the basics you should review as many of the recommended (R) resources as possible.  These provide information related to SOS procedures and concepts.
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? (R)
    4. Introduction to water quality (R)
    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 (R)
    2. Pebble count collection procedures
    3. The 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 (R).
    4. Cacapon Institute's introduction to stream sampling (R)
    5. Cacapon Institute's virtual stream monitoring activity (R) 
    6. Click-Here to lean more about SOS stream surveys (R)
    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 (R)
    3. Click-Here to review the program's level-one benthic ID-guide (R)
    4. ID Activity: Practise your macroinvertebrate identification skills (R)
    5. Representative images of aquatic invertebrates 
    6. WV Save Our Streams guide to aquatic invertebrates (R)