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Stream Debris Survey Protocols

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Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 14:23:15 -0400
From: Drew Ferrier
Subject: [volmonitor] Stream Debris Survey

Are there any established protocols for stream debris surveys? Marine debris surveys that quantify the amount, type, and source of the debris/solid wastes seem to be pretty well established, but, while there are many “stream clean-ups”, I’ve not seen methods for analyzing the debris collected. Is anyone conducting such surveys?

Thanks,

Drew Ferrier

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Hood College
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Responses

Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 16:13:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: F5creeks@aol.com
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Stream Debris Survey

The San Francisco Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board has a “rapid
trash assessment” protocol.

For information, contact the board’s Surface Water Ambient Montitoring
Program (SWAMP) – Karen Taburski @waterboards.ca.gov.

Susan Schwartz
Friends of Five Creeks

 

Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 22:07:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: CLaun01@aol.com
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Stream Debris Survey

Good question, have been wondering how to classify stream debris. We have annual pick ups on the MO. River and many small streams. Not hard to classify debris like aluminum cans, glass bottles, etc., but wondering about age in order to give some idea of pounds per year, etc., etc.etc. If we clean the same area once a year and keep records of amounts, etc., it may give us an idea of how effective our litter prevention programs are working. Looking for ideas….

Chas. Laun (MO. Stream Team Member)

 

Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 07:36:25 -0400
From: Kimberly Morris-Zarneke
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Stream Debris Survey

Check out the International Coastal Cleanup program – www.coastalcleanup.org. Here in Georgia our statewide cleanup program works with them to collect data on the debris found and they do the analysis. Many states including Maryland have a state contact person.

Kim

Kim Morris-Zarneke
Adopt-A-Stream Coordinator
Dept of Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Division
4220 International Parkway, Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30354
ph: 404-675-1636
fax: 404-675-6245
email: kimberly_morris-zarneke@dnr.state.ga.us
www.riversalive.org/aas.htm

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