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Loudoun Watershed Watch
Overseeing the Water Resources of Loudoun County, VA

 


Monitoring Protocol 

Stream monitoring must follow a consistent protocol.  The data collection and reporting requires that quality assurance procedures are documented and followed.  



Macroinvertebrate Identification 

While the internet abounds with information on bug identification, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (Scott Sandberg) has compiled descriptions and photographs, specific to Loudoun County. We consider this "best of" in a 24-page format. Download your copy here and bring a copy streamside.


Virginia Save Our Streams (VA SOS) Benthic Monitoring

Most partners of LWW now use the modified VASOS.  Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy began using this in 2008.  Goose Creek Association has been using VA SOS since 2004.

Field Sheets for the Modified VA SOS Method - Updated Oct. 2014

Standard Operating Procedures for the Modified Method

Bug ID Charts

Cheat Sheet to Macroinvertebrate Characteristics



Virginia Save Our Streams (VA SOS) Habitat Assessment

In Loudoun County, the high-gradient method should be used.

Annual Habitat Assessment Form

Field Manual to Scoring Habitat Assessment (no pictures)

Visit VA SOS web site for more information and other protocols.


Attention Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy volunteers - Download the Excel spreadsheet for off-line data compilation.  This will run the math for you. It includes known site locations for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Also, scan and email your field data sheets and photos.



2009 Loudoun County Stream Assessment using (EPA RBP) Protocol

The Loudoun County stream assessment includes QAPP and Strategic Plan for probabilistic sampling.


2005 Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) And Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Audubon Naturalist Society Protocol

The QAPP documents the procedures, data collection, material reporting and documentation of stream sampling.  The QAPP was in use by several groups including Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy from 1997-2007.

Click here to download a copy
 

(555 KB Adobe format)

 

2005 Operations Manual Based on Audubon Naturalist Society Protocol
Manual describes the ANS protocol for benthic macroinvertebrate and habitat field assessment.  Manual includes sampling procedures, data forms and safety considerations.  This protocol was in use by several groups including Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy from 1997-2007.

Click here to download a copy
 

(750 KB Adobe format)

 

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