What’s Monitored


Habitat
WAV citizen-stream monitors make visual measurements

Monitors follow DNR methods to assess a variety of stream characteristics within the stream, along the banks and in the
riparian zone.

Each stream will have a unique habitat assessment value. This value is an important baseline measure for future comparisons of habitat scores for the same site and within the same watershed.

Also, because various aspects of the habitat are assessed, by considering the individual aspects' scores, insight can be gained to define connections between land uses and water quality.

Scores can be translated into a stream quality rating as follows:

Water Quality Rating Score
Excellent >80
Good 60-80
Fair 20-60
Poor <20

 

 

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