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Lower Fox RiverWatershed Monitoring Program

Monitoring Equipment and Calendar

Each student-teacher team performs seasonal rounds of monitoring at two or more monitoring locations within their selected stream. Sampling is done by all teams within the same 2-3 week period in spring, summer, and fall of each year. Most stream monitoring is performed when streams are wade-able and not affected by recent rain events.

How and when do we measure it?

Each student-teacher team performs seasonal rounds of monitoring at two or more monitoring locations within their selected stream. Sampling is done by all teams within the same 2-3 week period in spring, summer, and fall of each year. Most stream monitoring is performed when streams are wade-able and not affected by recent rain events.

Water Chemistry

 

Soluble Reactive Phosphorus

Ammonia Nitrogen

Nitrate Nitrogen

Equipment

Hach DR/850 Colorimeter

Hach
DR/850 Colorimeter

Hach DR/850 Colorimeter

Method

Colorimetric,Ascorbic Acid

Colorimetric, Salicylate

Colorimetric, Cadmium Reduction

When Monitored

Fall (September – October), Spring (May), Summer  (July – August)

 

Physical Parameters
 

Stream
flow

Temp.

Transparency/
Turbidity

Conductivity

pH

DO

Equipment

 

Floating Object

YSI 55 DO/Temp. Probe

Transparency /Turbidity Tube, 60 cm

Oakton EC Testr+ low

Oakton pHTester

Method

Floating Object Method

Meter and thermistor

Clear tube w/ secchi disk and drain valve

Meter and electrode

Meter and electrode

Meter and polarographic sensor probe

When Monitored

Fall (September – October), Spring (May), Summer  (July – August)

 

Habitat and Biota
 

Stream Habitat

In –stream Biotic Integrity

Stream Corridor

Frogs

Birds

Equipment

Standardized schematic and inventory form

Macro-
invertebrate taxonomic keys

GPS units, thermometer

GPS units, binoculars, field guides, CDs

Method

USEPA Streamwalk
and              WDNR WAV

Biotic Index Calculation; WDNR WAV taxonomic key

5 min
Amphibian Calling Survey

10 point counts; assisted by professional birder

When Monitored

Summer

Summer

3 times in April-June

June

 

Sampling Schedule

Each student-teacher team performs seasonal rounds of monitoring at two or more monitoring locations within their selected stream. Sampling is done by all teams within the same 2-3 week period in spring, summer, and fall of each year. Most stream monitoring is performed when streams are wade-able and not affected by recent rain events.  All teams use standardized methods and professional-grade equipment. Monitoring protocols were modified from the SWRP manual (Lindbo, et al., 2003), the University of Wisconsin Extension/WDNR Water Action Volunteers (WAV) citizen stream monitoring program (UWEX/WDNR, 2010) and Howe, et al., (1997).

Date Activity

 

no sampling in 2016

Amphibians 

Teams listen for frogs three times at three points each time. Sampling dates are determined by overnight temperatures.

April 24 - May 18

Water Quality

Teams monitor two stream stations for water quality

no sampling in 2016

Birds

Each team monitors 10 birding locations adjacent to their stream over a 1-2 day period.

July 5 - August 7

Water Quality

Teams monitor two stream stations for water quality

September 18 - October 16

Water Quality

Teams monitor two stream stations for water quality