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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory



Monitoring program names:
Howard County Stream Team

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):



Contact Information
Name:Sue MullerStreet:7120 Oakland Mills Rd.
City: ColumbiaState: Maryland
Zip Code:21046Phone: 410 313 4697
Email:smuller@co.ho.md.usWeb site1:http://
Fax: Web site2:


Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? NO

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):75-100
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $0 Year monitoring began: 1989

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State GovernmentX Local Government
X Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:XGRANT FROM CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:
HOWARD

Program description:
Macroinvertebrate surveys are conducted once a month from April through October. Training and equipment are provided. Water quality is determined through a biological test using macroinvertebrates. Macroinvertebrates are organisms that lack a backbone, including aquatic insects, clams, snails and crayfish. When these organisms are grouped by their pollution tolerance, they become accurate general indicators of water quality. This program uses the water quality testing method known as Benthic Rapid Bioassessment. The technique is easy to do and involves simple equipment. At the test site, a net-like device called a seine, is held in the stream by one person, while another stirs or kicks the stream bottom, dislodging macroinvertebrates into the seine. Once collected a key sheet is used to group the insects according to their pollution tolerance. The insects are placed in three groups which range from highly pollution tolerant to low tolerance. From these groupings we can assess the general stream health from the numbers and diversity of organisms collected.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:



Biological monitoring:
Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:
reforestation program planting stream buffers



Data Uses
EducationOur program
AdvocacyOur program
Research  
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program
Enforcement 
Legislation 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 
Other
 

 

 
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