Stream Monitoring Workshops

​​​Included here is need-to-know information about scheduling, studying for and what to expect during a stream monitoring workshop. Visit the sites below for more information.

  • Scheduling monitoring workshops - Worksho​ps are taught from late March - early November throughout the State. The schedule is subject to change based upon the Coordinators availability due to other job responsibilities, weather and other factors.
  • Workshop agenda example - Workshops are designed to introduce participants to the basics of stream monitoring and provide a better understanding of stream ecology.
  • Certification exams - Certification is an important component of the program. It ensures program support, provides access to resources such as free or low-cost basic equipment, and it is especially important for maintaining quality assurance and quality control.
  • Monitoring equipment - Provides examples of the basic equipment needed to perform a level-one biosurvey. Also provides additional equipment that should be added to your biosurvey kit if a more advanced evaluation is preferred.
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - The terms and conditions of the MOU are described. Read these carefully, then download and complete the appropriate forms so that you can submit your MOU to the Coordinator.
  • Workshop study resources - These resources will prepare you for a Save Our Streams (SOS) workshop.
  • Monitoring safely - During an independent survey, the safety at the site is the responsibility of the volunteer monitoring group.
  • Click-Here to register for an upcoming workshop. Please register at least five business days in advance of the workhop you plan to attend. Note: Most public workshops are posted on WIBs events calendar. If you wish to provide feedback on a monitoring workshop you attended - Click-Here.

During the workshop, participants are introduced to the basic concepts of stream monitoring and the SOPs are demonstrated through hands-on training at a streamside location; usually a biosurvey is completed by the participants. Workshops are often scheduled on a Saturday, which fits into most people’s schedules. Note: The time frame for a monitoring workshop is typically six to eight hoursWhat to Wear - Come prepared for outside work with items such as a hat, loose fitting clothes (especially during warmer weather), closed toed shoes such as sneakers, boots or waders. The outside conditions should determine your overall manner of dress. What to Brin​g - Bag lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent. You may also need a pencil or pen and a small notebook.​