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

    Monitoring workshops 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.

  • Safety

    During an independent survey, the safety at the site is the responsibility of the volunteer monitoring group.

  • Registration

    Register for an upcoming workshop. Please register at least five business days in advance of the workshop 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 see the Additional Information section.

During the monitoring 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 hours.

What 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 Bring

Bag lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent. You may also need a pencil or pen and a small notebook.

Additional Information