What’s Monitored

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

new 2018 Habitat Assessment powerpoint presentation with definition of terms and photos. View presentation.

Habitat Assessment Guide:  A step-by-step guidance on assessing habitat:

View Guide.

Habitat Assessment Transect Worksheet:  Can aid in assessing habitat, especially useful when used in conjunction with the Assessment Guide (above link):

View Transect Worksheet.

 2018 Habitat Assessment Webinar with DNR Biologist Dave Bolha:




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