Archive for the ‘Stream monitoring’ Category

Stream monitoring season is underway!

Norman Dean and Chuck Marsh conduct the biological conditions part of a stream survey at Yellow Spring Run. Even though there was very little flow due to lack of rain lately, there were a surprisingly large amount of benthic macroinvertebrates, salamanders, crayfish, and minnows in the net. Bob Meadows, Jeff Iliff and Danielle Watson also helped with the survey. Stay tuned for information on the next monitoring event, maybe you can join us!

Stream monitoring results for Sleepy Creek at Creek Rd. 09-02-2016

It was perfect weather to enjoy the beauty of Sleepy Creek during our annual monitoring at this site.

Level 3 Stream Survey results for Sleepy Creek at Creek Road on 09-02-2016, 8:30am.

Participants: Fink, Iliff, Oaks, Meadows, Dean.

Conditions: Sunny and cool, no rain in the last 48 hours.

Latitude: 39-30-59  Longitude: 78-13-38

Water temp: 19.5  C. , Dissolved Oxygen: 67 mg/l,  Conductivity: 284 uS, Turbidity: 56 (tube reading)

Habitat conditions: 180 optimal (up 15 from last year)

Biological conditions: 83.6 Optimal (up 2.6 from last year)

There were 180 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates  represented by 10 types, 83 ‘critters’ of 7 types in the medium tolerance category, and only one in the high tolerance category.

Click on our ‘Stream Monitoring’ category (to the right) to see stream monitoring results for other Sleepy Creek Locations this year, as well as a deeper explanation of the process in a posting called, “What is stream monitoring and what do the numbers mean?”

Sleepy Creek Stream Monitoring results from Burnt Mill Rd. Bridge 08-19-16

Level 3 Stream Survey results for Sleepy Creek near Burnt Mill Bridge August 19, 2016 8:30 am.

Monitors: Iliff, Fink, Oaks, Dean, Meadows

Latitude: 39-38-47  Longitude: 78-7-45

Ambient temp: 90 deg. and sunny

Water temp: 24 deg. C (75.2 F)

pH:7.5  Dissolved solids: 110 ppm

Habitat conditions: 183 Optimal (up five from last year)

Biological conditions: 81.6 Optimal (same)

There were 228 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates represented by 9 types, 239 ‘critters’ of 7 types in the medium tolerance category, and only one in the high tolerance category.

Click on our ‘Stream Monitoring’ category (to the right) to see stream monitoring results for other Sleepy Creek Locations this year.

08-19-16 Monkey flower graces stream monitoring site

SM 8-19-16 Monkey flower SM 8-19-16 Bob and stanAnother great day for stream monitoring at Sleepy Creek. Norm Dean identified a Monkey Flower (left picture) at our data compilation site and we netted hundreds of Benthic Macroinvertebrates, which are seen here being collected by Bob Meadows and Stan Oaks at our stream-side station. Ph and dissolved O2 tests in the foreground performed by yours truly. Check back to this site to find out when you can join us on our next outing!

Perfect weather for Stream Monitoring

IMG_3893Today was perfect weather for a stream monitoring as Sleepy Creek members Norman Dean (left) and Bob Meadows are seen here doing the pebble count.

Stream Monitoring results for Middle Fork of Sleepy Creek

Level 3 Stream Survey results for Sleepy Creek at Middle Fork near Rt. 13

Latitude: 39-30-59 Longitude: 78-13-45

Water was clear and odorless, 22 degrees C

Substrate (Pebble count):=Good

 

Habitat conditions: 120=Good

 

Biological conditions: 74.9=Suboptimal

 

Dissolved O2: 140%

pH: 6

There were 108 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates represented by 7 types,  94 ‘critters’ of 4 types in the medium tolerance category, and 21 underwater bugs of 4 types in the high tolerance category.

Click on our ‘Stream Monitoring’ category (to the right) to see stream monitoring results for other Sleepy Creek Locations last year, and to get new results as they come in.

We will post upcoming Stream Monitoring events as they are scheduled, so check back frequently to find our when the next one is and come join us!

Guide for Citizen Groups on Bacteria Monitoring in Local Waterways

Tell your co-workers about our new Safe Waters, Healthy Waters Guide!
Safe Waters, Healthy Waters: A Guide for Citizen Groups on Bacteria Monitoring in Local Waterways
The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. (the Center) has released a new guide for citizen

science groups and watershed organizations across the nation to take a role in finding and

eliminating sources of harmful bacteria in their communities.  Bacteria is one of the most

common pollutants in our nation’s waterways.  Researchers and regulatory agencies have

determined that monitoring bacteria in waterways can help identify human health risks

associated with drinking water, shellfish consumption, and recreational water contact.

Click Here to Read More

 

 

 

 

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  For more information about the Safe Waters, Healthy Waters guide, contact Laurel Williamson, Stormwater and Watershed Planner, Center for Watershed Protection, at lw@cwp.org.

General Questions, call 410-461-8323, or email center@cwp.org

Stream Monitoring season begins, results for Sleepy Creek at New Hope Rd.

Level 3 Stream Survey results for Sleepy Creek at the Meadows property: (At New Hope Rd. bridge) May 19, 2016

Latitude: 39-35-46  Longitude: 76-10-15

Ambient temp: 74 deg. and sunny

.6 inches of rain in last 48 hrs.

Water was clear and odorless.

Substrate (Pebble count): Good

Habitat conditions: 166 Suboptimal

Biological conditions: 93.2 Optimal (Last year was suboptimal)

Dissolved O2: 85%

There were 180 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates represented by 11 types,  30 ‘critters’ of 8 types in the medium tolerance category, and 14 underwater bugs of 4 types in the high tolerance category.

Click on our ‘Stream Monitoring’ category (to the right) to see stream monitoring results for other Sleepy Creek Locations last year, and to get new results as they come in.

We will post upcoming Stream Monitoring events as they are scheduled, so check back frequently to find our when the next one is and come join us!

Edmisten Stormwater

Sleepy Creek nears flood stage on April 20, 2015 after 2 inch rainfall the night before endangering cropland and promoting excessive stream bank soil erosion. Video taken from the Spriggs Road bridge at the intersection with Winchester Grade Road.

Final Report on Fecal Coliform Bacteria levels in Sleepy Creek released

The iconic limestone train bridge near the mouth of Sleepy Creek

The iconic limestone train bridge near the mouth of Sleepy Creek

The Cacapon Institute recently released it’s 2014-2015 final report on Fecal Coliform Bacteria levels in the Sleepy Creek Watershed. Seven sites were sampled over the course of 15 months. The tests were done as a result of Sleepy Creek’s 2007 designation as an ‘impaired’ stream due to it’s high levels of Fecal Coliform Bacteria. These sites were sampled because the source of this pollution was thought to be coming from the estimated 6,400 homes in the watershed that were not connected to a treatment facility, (14.18% of which are thought to be failing).  Sleepy Creek has an ongoing septic system pumping and repair cost-sharing program through a 319 grant that we have implemented to help address this problem and dozens of homeowners have already taken advantage of these funds. (You can get the forms by going to the ‘Grant Awards’ category on the right.) Sleepy Creek Watershed Association is also helping to reduce runoff from rain events by planting trees along the creek to help buffer and absorb runoff into the stream.

Thanks to Cacapon Institute for their testing and laboratory expertise.

You can check out the entire Final Report by clicking here: