Curious about how healthy the stream is that you pass by on your walk? Want to learn how to discover this from your own home? Join GSWA for our annual Stream Assessment Training Class – NOW available online! This self-paced, four-part series will cover everything you need to know to become a fully trained visual-stream assessment volunteer and ready to conduct an assessment! Not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer? No problem, feel free to enjoy this training course for your own personal river knowledge.
Session 1: Explore the types of streams in our area, different characteristics of a stream and why they are important, and how to draw a basic sketch of your stream.
Click HERE for Session 1 Stream Assessment Training Guide
Click HERE for the Assessment Sheet (Covers pages 1 and 2 of the NJDEP Habitat Assessment)
Session 2: Learn about Habitat parameters such as habitat cover, silt/sediment, and streamflow.
Click HERE for Session 2 Stream Assessment Training Guide
Click HERE for the Assessment Sheet (Covers page 3 of the NJDEP Habitat Assessment)
Session 3: Covers the remainder of the habitat parameters looking at riffles and the vegetation buffers along the stream side.
Click HERE for Session 3 Stream Assessment Training Guide
Click HERE for the Assessment Sheet (Covers pages 4 and 5 of the NJDEP Habitat Assessment)
Take-at-home Test: (forthcoming) This will help confirm that you are ready to go out and take a water quality assessment of a nearby stream.
Session 4: (forthcoming) Will teach you how to measure current flow