Level 2


 

Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding Water Action Volunteers Level 1 stream monitoring vs. Level 2 stream monitoring

1. Should I continue to conduct WAV monitoring after being trained to do level 2 stream monitoring?

This is up to you.  It is not an expectation that you continue to do both level 1 and level 2 monitoring.  You can choose to “graduate” to the level 2 methods and stop doing WAV methods.  However, a number of individuals have chosen to continue to monitor biotic index, habitat, and stream flow, which are not monitored as part of the level 2 program.  Other monitors have opted to continue to monitor dissolved oxygen, temperature, and transparency using both WAV level 1 and level 2 methods as a way to compare the results from the different methods.  If you do opt to do both methods, please inform Kris Stepenuck (kris.stepenuck@ces.uwex.edu) so that your results can be incorporated into research results comparing the level 1 and level 2 methodologies (see #3 below). 

2. Can I use level 2 methods to monitor dissolved oxygen, temperature and transparency and enter those results to the WAV database?

Yes.  If you would like to, you can enter results from level 2 monitoring for dissolved oxygen (D.O.), temperature (determined using the D.O. meter), and transparency to the WAV database.  However, if you do this, please note in the comments section of the WAV database that you used a YSI 550a to determine D.O. and temperature, and a 120 cm transparency tube to determine transparency (and please still convert your transparency reading to inches to enter it to the WAV database).

 3. If I opt to monitor using both WAV level 1 and level 2 methods can I enter both sets of results to the WAV database?

Yes.  If you choose to monitor using both WAV methods (i.e., Hach kit, thermometer, and shorter transparency tube graduated in inches) and level 2 methods (i.e., YSI 550a and 120 cm transparency tube) for D.O., temperature and transparency, you can enter all results to the WAV database.  Please enter WAV methods’ results to their usual locations on the database entry screen and enter level 2 methods’ results to the comments section of the WAV database. For any data results entered to the comments section of the WAV database, please indicate which methods were used.

However, it is not necessary that you enter both sets of results to the WAV database.  An alternative is that you can opt to enter WAV methods’ results to the WAV database and level 2 results to the Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS) database used with the level 2 program.  A long term goal of the SWIMS database is that WAV data will be added to that database, therefore, hopefully one day the results will reside in a single database anyway. (Data entered to the SWIMs database is coded by who/which program level collects it, so anyone’s data can in theory go into the database, whether it is collected by Department staff, WAV level 1, level 2, collected by a consultant, USGS, etc.  Someone searching the database can choose what data to view.)

As noted in #1 above, if you do enter both WAV level 1 and level 2 results to the WAV database, please information Kris Stepenuck (Kris.Stepenuck@ces.uwex.edu) that you’ve done this, as we are working on a research project to assess differences in results between the WAV level 1 and level 2 methods.  Your results will help add to the dataset being compiled.

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