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
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|
A webinar was held on June 5, 2015 to introduce this new method to volunteers. A recording of that webinar is available to be viewed online. >>View webinar recording (119 MB .mp4 file)