Michigan Stream Monitoring Protocols Workshop  DRAFT AGENDA



Date:             Saturday, May 4, 2002


Instructor:     Joan Chadde, Water Resources Specialist & Education Program Coordinator

Center for Science & Environmental Outreach                 

                      Michigan Technological University

                      Tel:  906-487-3341                Email:  jchadde@mtu.edu


                      Nicole Vidales, Aquatic Biologist

Surface Water Quality Division

Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality

Lansing, MI

Tel:  517-241-9534     Email: VIDALESN@state.mi.us


Objectives:    (1) To increase participants understanding of how the land use activities which

take place in a watershed influence stream health;


(2) To familiarize students with DEQ protocols for collecting physical, chemical and biological data used to assess stream health;


(3) To show how to submit water quality data to DEQ


Equipment:    water chemistry kits, biological monitoring kits, meter sticks and (75’) logger tapes, D-frame aquatic nets and 2 kick screens, tubs, forceps,

macroinvertebrate ID sheets, data forms; rubber boots or chest-waders



Streams, rivers, and other aquatic ecosystems are the “hot spots” in landscapes because of the crucial roles they play in landscape connectivity, wildlife habitat, biological diversity, recreation, etc.  It is important to understand the interactions between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and relate land uses to water quality within a watershed context.  Through presentation, slides and videos of streams, participants will be exposed to a number of land uses that have the potential to impair water quality:  timber harvest, road building, livestock grazing, off road recreation, residential/commercial development, etc.  Through field exercises, students will collect biological, physical, chemical, and channel stability data at two different streams and evaluate the health of each stream.


The class will be divided into groups of 3 students per group.  Each group will collect the following data at each stream:

a)      biological – sample for aquatic macroinvertebrates using D-frame and kick nets

b)     physical – measure channel width, depth, and calculate stream volume and velocity

c)     chemical – analyze water samples for dissolved oxygen, pH, phosphate, nitrate, turbidity, temperature

d)     channel stability – conduct a qualitative stream reach and channel stability inventory



8:30 – 10:30 am          Presentation on evaluating stream health within a watershed context:

a)      physical stream characteristics

b)     rapid bio-assessment

c)     water chemistry

d)     stream reach inventory and channel stability evaluation, including riparian and in-stream habitat assessment


Watch portions of 2 videos on:

¨      Montana’s Riparian Areas - riparian management for different land uses;

¨      Save Our Streams – A guide to water quality monitoring, stream macro-invertebrate ID, and macro-invertebrate sampling techniques.


10:30 - 10:45              Break and load vans


10:45 - 11:45              Stream monitoring at Sturgeon River (Canyon Fall rest area)


12:00 - 12:45 pm        Lunch


1:00-1:45                   Stream monitoring at Linden Creek in L’Anse


2:00 – 3:00 pm           Discussion of data collected from each stream (Ford Forestry Center)


3:00-3:30                   Workshop Evaluation