Bioassessment

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.

Bioassessment 2017

All volunteer positions for Bioassessment 2017 have been filled. Thank you, volunteers!

If you have already been contacted by a staff member, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 8 from  from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Description

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 8th 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 May to June, depending on rainfall. Surveys will take place on weekdays as well as Saturdays. 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

Training requirements

  • 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.

Directions

If coming from San Luis Obispo: head north on Santa Rosa/Hwy 1 to Morro Bay. Continue past CalPoly, the California Men’s Colony and Camp San Luis Obispo. At the second entrance to Cuesta College, turn right onto Education Drive. Follow the road around the County Office of Education to where it turns

into Pennington Creed Road. Go straight back over the bridge. Veer to the left at the fork in the road, at the sign for Escuela Ranch, approx. 1.6miles from the highway. If you go up a steep hill you have gone too far.

Google maps directions: https://goo.gl/maps/VUztpLY7JAP2

If coming from Morro Bay: Head south on Highway 1 towards San Luis Obispo. At the first entrance to Cuesta, turn left onto Education Drive. Follow the road around the County Office of Education to where it turns into Pennington Creed Road. Go straight back over the bridge. Veer to the left at the fork in the road, at the sign for Escuela Ranch, approx. 1.6miles from the highway.  If you go up a steep hill you have gone too far.

Google maps directions: https://goo.gl/maps/S9pRQgNUXLR2

Watch for signs and please call Karissa at 831-334-9656 if you get lost looking for the training site.

 

Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings together citizens, local governments, non-profits, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary.

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