What is bioassessment?
Bioassessment monitoring is an important tool used by environmental professionals to assess the health of creeks and rivers across the state. Each spring, volunteers with the Estuary Program collect macroinvertebrate samples and conduct creek habitat assessments. This monitoring effort involves collection of macroinvertebrate samples and conducting a habitat assessment. The types of macros you find give information about water quality in that creek. The habitat assessment gives information regarding the quality of the habitat (substrate, canopy etc.). The State’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program protocol is used during this assessment which aligns with work done throughout the western United States.
Volunteer for bioassessment in 2018
Date and Time
Saturday, April 14thth from 9:00am–12:00pm
Bioassessment monitoring is a tool used state-wide to assess the health of our rivers and streams. The effort involves collecting macroinvertebrate samples from our local creeks and taking measurements of the habitat. To join our spring monitoring effort, volunteers must attend a three-hour training session, to be held on Saturday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to noon. Upon completing the training, volunteers will assist the Estuary Program with the monitoring effort. Each trip takes approximately four hours, and the work is expected to take place in April to May, depending on rainfall. Surveys will take place on weekdays as well as weekends. You must be able to stay for the duration of the survey.
What you will learn
- An overview of the state’s bioassessment monitoring protocol
- Collection technique for stream macroinvertebrate
- Measurement of basic water quality in the field
- How to identify riparian habitat features
- Please provide dates and times of day when you are available for surveys (Example, Mondays between 8 and 1, Wednesdays after 12). You must be available for the duration of the survey in order to participate. Unfortunately, due to the number of interested volunteers, we cannot have people attend the training unless they are able to participate in a survey.
- For the training session and surveys, please wear appropriate field attire. We will be outside the entire time, so a hat and sunscreen is recommended.
The training location is still to be determined, but will likely be near Cuesta College.
Fill out the volunteer form below completely. Space is limited; please sign up soon. A staff member will contact you with training details before April 14.