Land Use- Aquatic Integrity Studies


From: Kris Stepenuck []
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:48 AM
To: Volunteer water monitoring
Subject: [volmonitor] Land use – aquatic integrity studies

Hi everyone-

Thanks so much for your wonderful response to my request for nitrogen-related fact sheets. I posted nearly 30 links to nitrogen-related fact sheets at:

I got a few other requests for creating similar publications listings. So, I’d again like to ask for your help in locating online publications, this time about studies relating various parameters of land use/land cover in a watershed (e.g., percent forested cover, road density, % of wetlands filled or disconnected from streams) to aquatic ecosystem integrity (e.g., IBI’s), providing information that might be helpful to communities doing land-use planning/zoning.

Thanks for your help with this!


Kris Stepenuck
Wisconsin Volunteer Stream Monitoring Coordinator
445 Henry Mall, Rm 202
Madison, WI 53706-1577
Phone: 608-265-3887
Fax: 608-262-2031


Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:36:55 -0400
From: “Schenk, Ann”
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Land use – aquatic integrity studies

Carolyn and Kris,
I missed the second part of the original post.
The Maryland Biological Stream Survey, and the volunteer component,
Stream Waders, compute IBIs and do land use analysis with respect to the
IBIs.  See the publications.

Ann Schenk
Natural Resource Biologist III
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., C-2
Annapolis, MD 21401
phone: 410-260-8609


Also see: Stepenuck, K.F., R.L. Crunkilton, L. Wang. 2002. Impacts of urban land use on macroinvertebrate communities in southeastern Wisconsin streams. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 38 (4): 1041-1052.


Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 13:54:28 -0400
From: Lorraine Joubert

You could check the Source Water Assessment Reports we prepared for major water suppliers in RI. The assessment method uses a number of watershed pollution risk indicators derived from land use, soils and other GIS coverages. Results are availalbe as full reports, factsheets and maps at:



Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 10:30:04 -0500
From: Tony Thorpe

I’ve got a few scans on my website:

These papers will be regarding reservoirs and not streams.

Of particular interest may be these:
Role of land cover and hydrology in determining nutrients in mid-continent reservoirs: implications for nutrient criteria and management. Jones, J.R., M.F. Knowlton, D.V. Obrecht. 2007. Lake and Reserv. Manage. (in press).

Jones, J.R. and M.F. Knowlton. 2005. Suspended solids in Missouri reservoirs in relation to catchment features and internal processes. Water Research 39: 3629-3635.

Jones, J.R., M.F. Knowlton, D.V. Obrecht and E.A. Cook. 2004 . Importance of landscape variables and morphology on nutrients in Missouri Reservoirs. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 61: 1503-1512.

I just put up one stream paper that you should find useful:
Perkins, Bruce D., K. Lohman, E. Van Nieuwenhuyse and J.R. Jones. 1998. An examination of land cover and stream water quality among physiographic provinces of Missouri, USA. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol.26: 940-947

And I like to get the word on on this one, because it uses volunteer data without it being regarded as a novelty. It’s only tangentially relevant to your land use search, however.:
Obrecht, D.V., A.P. Thorpe and J.R. Jones. 2005. Responses in the James River Arm of Table Rock Lake, Missouri (USA) to point-source phosphorus reduction. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 29: 1043-1048.

All of these papers are on the page linked at the beginning of this email.

Good luck!

Tony Thorpe

Coordinator, Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program
302 ABNR University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 1-800-895-2260
Fax: 573-884-5070


Hydrocarbon Monitoring


Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 14:52:44 -0600
From: “Zarnt, Debra”
Subject: [volmonitor] hydrocarbon monitoring

I am working with a group of volunteers who are concerned about the effects of motorized recreation on a reservoir and the stream below the reservoir and want to start a monitoring program. I have no experience monitoring for hydrocarbons and am wondering if anyone knows of low-cost methods / equipment that would be appropriate. Thank you for your help.

Debbie Zarnt
Community Outreach Coordinator
MT Watercourse
P.O. Box 170575
201 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-994-1684
Fax: 406-994-1919


Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 06:50:00 -0400
From: Marilyn S Mayer
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] hydrocarbon monitoring

Its my suspicion that hydrocarbon contamination is not the greatest threat posed by the motorized recreation. I would worry more about potential introduction of exotic species (zebra mussels, round goby, wwater chestnut, water milfoil) from other locations recently visited by the boats or jet skis, potential disturbance & danger posed by the boats and jet skis to wildlife (such as loons, least terns) and swimmers, and potential littering by users.

Marilyn Mayer
aquatic scientist
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 08:50:16 -0400
From: Nancy Hadley
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] hydrocarbon monitoring

Other effects to consider are shoreline erosion and increased turbidity, particularly if they are operating in shallow areas where they are disturbing the bottom sediments.


Healthy Urban Streams


Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 10:57:46 -0400
From: John Murphy
Subject: [volmonitor] Healthy urban streams?

Dear Colleagues-

StreamWatch, working in Central Virginia and using a famil-level benthic IBI, has developed a region-specific population density/stream health model that predicts “very poor” benthic health for streams draining urban catchments (urban = population > 1,000 per square mile). At a recent presentation to local decision-makers, our City Manager mentioned some “urban” streams he knew of that supported trout populations (Boulder, CO and Durango, CO), and wondered why these cities had “healthy” streams while our city does not. We didn’t have time to discuss all the potential differences between cases, (fish versus bugs, cold water versus warm water, population density of the entire catchment versus proximate density, etc.), but his question does prompt me to ask if any of y’all are aware of any truly urban* streams that support healthy** benthic communities.

*urban = > 1,000 humans/sq mile throughout entire watershed draining to sample site
**healthy = supports state’s aquatic life standard, measured by benthic samples

Any info would be apprecitated.

John Murphy, Director
office: (434) 923-8642
cell: (434) 242-1145


Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 10:44:59 -0500
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Healthy urban streams?

Hi John
I know of a program here in the Minneapolis metropolitan area that monitors the Vermillion River in the SW metro county of Dakota. The Vermillion is managed for trout and volunteers routinely find some of the best macroinvertebrates for the 7 county metro area (also id’d to Family level). I can’t be certain if it qualifies for your definition of “urban” but I thought I’d pass along the info. Laura Jester as the Dakota Soil and Water Conservation District would be the person to contact for more information.

Mary Karius
Hennepin County Environmental Services


Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 17:49:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Healthy urban streams?

Hi, John,

Here in the East Bay area of San Francisco, we have at least a couple of streams that meet your definition of urban and have healthy rainbow-trout populations  — Codornices and Sausal Creeks. You can find out more about them with a web search on those names, or on Friends of Five Creeks (my group, or Friends of Sausal Creek ( There is some recent BMI and other monitoring information for Codornices on the website of Urban Creeks Council, California does not have a single standard for benthic macroinvertebrates. The BMI data above and other findings on similar streams (e.g. in Contra Costa, the next county north), indicate fairly low diversity and dominance by pollution-tolerant taxa. The creeks mentioned, as well as other local creeks with rainbow trout/steelhead or even salmon (but which don’t quite meet your definition of fully urban), receive significant amounts of chloraminated water from gardens and from main breaks (a common occurrence in our geologically active area). They also receive the usual residential runoff, including the occasional hosing of concrete waste or soap into storm drains, etc. Thus, it seems to me that there is nothing about urban runoff that intrinsically makes it impossible to have water quality good enough for healthy fish populations.

Susan Schwartz
Friends of Five Creeks


Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 16:59:01 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Schenk
Subject: Re:[volmonitor] Healthy urban streams?

There is a small unnamed stream whose watershed lies completely within Baltimore City which supports a diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community, including stoneflies.  The watershed of this stream is almost entirely forested by wild parkland, although it is surrounded by dense urban development.  The stream is intermittent and periodic.

Michael Schenk


Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 07:36:02 +1200
From: Phil
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Healthy urban streams?
Yes, I have seen some healthy urban streams…

There is a stream in central Auckland (New Zealand) that supports very high densities of galaxid fish (very sensitive to water quality) and diverse benthic invertebrates.   The catchment is high density
residential but the surrounding riparian veg is dense native bush (it’s a park through the area).   Most of the streams in Auckland are pretty sad…

Christchurch is repairing their streams by re-establishing healthy riparian communities and naturalising the stream structure.  The benthic communities appear to be responding.

I personally think refuge areas are extremely important.  Root masses, gravels, tributaries, backwaters….   anywhere the greeblies can escape to and recolonise after disturbance events.  Outside of that, they need food and moderately clean water.   (I think most bugs can tolerate fairly wide swings in water quality under normal conditions).

Phil Ross


Getting The Most From Volunteer Monitoring


Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2008 12:14:49 -0500
Subject: [volmonitor] Great article about volunteer monitoring in NWQEP Notes

Check out this interesting and supportive article in the March 2008 issue of NWQEP NOTES, published by NC State University Cooperative Extension, entitled “Getting the Most from Volunteer Monitoring,” by Steven Dressing of Tetra Tech, Inc. It includes many examples from volunteer programs around the country, as well as discussion of costs, kits vs. meters and probes, and suggestions for programs and agencies.

(also posted on this website if the remote one changes in the future>>)

Alice Mayio
USEPA Office of Water
Phone: 202-566-1184, Fax: 202-566-1437
Mail: 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW (4503T), Washington, DC 20460
Delivery: 1301 Constitution Ave NW (Rm7330Q), Washington, DC 20460



Comment 1: I received an e-mail from Ken Cooke offering an explanation of how to figure out what resolution your digital images are.

Question 1: Are there any other groups that do have their volunteers photo-document their sites, and if so, how do you organize your photos?

Comment 1

Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 20:45:02 -0700
From: Eleanor Ely
Subject: [volmonitor] more on DPI, digital photos, etc.

Dear listserv:

I received an e-mail from Ken Cooke (of Kentucky Water Watch) offering a more complete explanation of how to figure out what resolution your digital images are. Basically, you take the image resolution in pixels and divide it by the desired DPI to see what the final size will be at the desired DPI. For example, in the case of the newsletter, the desired DPI is 300 so I would divide by 300. For example, suppose someone sends me an image with dimensions 2260 by 1620 (in pixels). Dividing by 300, I get approximately 7.5 by 5.4 (this represents the dimensions in inches). Since most photos in the newsletter are printed considerably smaller than that, I know that this photo will be fine.

Until I heard from Ken, I didn’t know about this formula so I was using my “Windows Fax and Photo Viewer” program to essentially do the math for me. I would click on the “edit” icon, look under “file,” click on “properties,” and get a dialog box showing DPI, pixels, and image dimensions. When I typed in the desired DPI (300), the image dimensions would automatically change. Now that I know about dividing the number of pixels by 300, I can avoid all these steps.

For those who may be interested in delving further into this issue, here are some excerpts from Ken’s e-mail:

“DPI and native resolution are two different settings.

DPI is generally a printer setting only.

You can have a 300 dpi image that’s 320 X 240 pixels
You can have a 300 dpi image that’s 6000 X 2000 pixels

The first would print about 1 inch x .8 inch. The second would print about 20 inches x 7 inches at 300 DPI.

When going to print, the main calculation you need to do is divide the image resolution in pixels by the print resolution you want in DPI to see if it will be good enough for the size image you want in your publication.

The human eye can’t diferentiate much beyond 200-300 dpi. Finer printing resolutions than that help with color definition, but not much more. National Geographic is printed at a whopping 2400 dpi!

One thing about capturing images out of a PDF file you should know:

When you convert a print publication to PDF out of a layout and design software such as Pagemaker, the PDF distiller converts the image to a jpeg at the DPI you set in your pinter preferences based on the size it is in your publication. If you have a 6000 X 4000 pixel image but squeeze it down to a three inch by two inch image in your publication, then convert it to PDF at 300 dpi (the default), the conversion will downsample the image to 900 X 600 pixels. So when you grab it out of powerpoint, that is the resolution you get.”
Hope this is helpful!


Eleanor Ely
Editor, The Volunteer Monitor Newsletter
50 Benton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

Question 1

Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 00:03:25 +0000
From: Ingrid Harrald

I currently coordinate a small group of water quality monitoring volunteers. Our protocols require our volunteers to photo-document their site (both upstream and downstream). We have yet to find an efficient way to organize and store our photos. Are there any other groups that do this, and if so, how do you organize your photos?

Thanks for your help!


Responses to Question 1

Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 22:15:04 -0400
From: Eric Eckl


You should check out an online photo service called Flickr:

What’s really great about Flickr is you can assign multiple tags to each photo, such as: Pennsylvania, Susquehanna, Fishing, 2006, children, etc…

Then you can search your collection by keyword. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a big improvement over putting your pictures into folders.

Free Flickr accounts are free. Pro Flickr accounts are cheap.

Good luck with your search.

Eric Eckl
Water Words That Work
P.O. Box 2182
Falls Church, VA 22042-2182
(703) 822-4265
Cell: (703) 635-4380


Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:04:57 -0400
From: Carolyn Sibner

Hi Ingrid, is another online photo service that is also free and well organized. You can also have it print out your photos with captions on the back, at no extra cost, so you don’t have to write on the date and location by hand.
I also downloaded their software for free and use it to organize and fix my photos on my computer.

Hope this helps,


Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:00:12 -0700
From: ED

Another way to go, if you maintain a website is to install free software called Coppermine.
It is a great way to store and share your photos and key word searches are included.

Mondy Lariz, Executive Director
Stevens & Permanente Creeks
Watershed Council
2353 Venndale Ave
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-8258


Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 20:35:20 -0400
From: Eric Eckl

Well, another advantage of Flickr (Disclosure: I’m a HUGE fan) is that a lot
of users have elected to share their photos for others to use.

Then you can start entering terms in the search box. If you like a photo,
you can use it according to whatever terms the photographer stipulates. So
Flickr is a great place to both keep the photos you took, and to find the
photos you wish you had taken.

For example, I put a post on my blog today that mentioned a rain garden. I
don’t have a picture of a rain garden, but I found one on Flickr in about
two minutes. The photographer stipulated that others are free to use the
photo so long as they credit her. So I used the photo and credited her. Just
mouse over the photo to see the credit.

Eric Eckl
Water Words That Work
P.O. Box 2182
Falls Church, VA 22042-2182
(703) 822-4265
Cell: (703) 635-4380


pH Monitoring


On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:45 AM, Delpapa, Cindy (FWE) wrote:

Hi everyone,

I have been asked by a volunteer based monitoring group., (monitoring freshwater and estuary waters) for recommendations for a reliable, accurate, easy to use and reasonable upkeep/calibration costs pH meter (or other alternatives for getting accurate pH data). Does anyone have experience, por and con, on any of the following or have suggestions on a good meter/strips. Many thanks for any insight you can offer. Hanna Instruments basic (“Educational”) bench top: HI 207 or “pHEP” (Electronic Paper versions): HI 98107, HI 98128 or the portable one: HI 98121Sper Scientific the inexpensive hand-held models (“Basic” and “Advanced”)

Hach – the IQ120 Mini-Lab

and Whatman – pH test papers – (many different vvarieties)

Cindy Delpapa, River ecologist
MA Div of Ecological Restoration


From: Stepenuck, Kris []
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 10:23 AM

Our group uses Oakton Acorn pH meters and they seem to work well in side by side testing.

Kris Stepenuck


Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:12:57 -0600
From: Chris Riggert
Hi Cindy,
I don’t have personal experience with the pH methods you listed below. But the Missouri Stream Team Program has been using Hach’s Pocket Pal pH Tester (Cat.# 44350-01) for many years, and runs about $60 list price. It does have its drawbacks (no auto shut-off, bulb and wick must remain moist, occasionally bad batch w/ faulty circuitry, small screw tends to get lost quickly, isn’t really waterproof, etc).
However, it is relatively inexpensive, easy to calibrate, and has QAQC’d well over the many years we’ve been using it. When there have been issues, Hach has been very good to work with in getting replacement equipment sent. We instruct our volunteers to perform a two point calibration within 12 hours of their sampling event, and also provide them with the pH 7.0 buffer solution (Cat.# 22835-49) and 10.0 buffer solution (Cat.# 22836-49).
I mentioned it QAQC’d well. Our acceptable limit for us is plus/minus 0.2 pH. While these pens are probably not as accurate/reliable as the more sophisticated meters used by MO DNR staff, they are much cheaper and provide more accurate/reliable results than the pH strips, etc. As with every piece of monitoring equipment, proper care and QAQC of what you are using goes a long way in getting usable results.
All depends on what their objectives are, how much error they can live with…and probably most importantly, how much $$ they have to spend.
Hope this helps!

Christopher M. Riggert
Stream Team Program
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180
2901 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180
Phone: (573) 522-4115 ext. 3167
Fax: (573) 526-0990


Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:51:32 -0500
From: “Schenk, Ann”
Like Chris, I have no experience with the Hanna brand meters, but ALL electronic pH probes need to be kept moist because they rely on electric differentials between the highly saturated salt solution or gel inside the probe and the outside world. If the probe dries out, the bridge between inside and outside is broken. Think of it as mechanical osmoregulation.
As to recommendations, try calling the tech folks at Ben Meadows. They carry many company’s meters,are a ‘siste’ company to Lab Supplies, and might be able to give you some sort of bulk discount. Contact info is on the Ben Meadows website.
Ann Schenk
Natural Resource Biologist III
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., C-2
Annapolis, MD 21401
phone: 410-260-8609


Reproducing Volunteer Monitor Newsletter Articles


From: Thorpe, Anthony Paul
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2004 6:10 AM
Subject: [volmonitor] RE: newsletter survey (another chance to respond)

I have a quick question. Is information in the V.M. Newsletter freely reproducable? I have a small newsletter I put out for the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program and am always looking for more source material.
Tony Thorpe

Coordinator, Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program
302 ABNR University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 1-800-895-2260
Fax: 573-884-5070


Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 12:05:40 -0800
From: Eleanor Ely
Subject: [volmonitor] reproducing info from VM newsletter
Dear Tony:

You sent your query to the whole listserv, perhaps inadvertently. However, your question may be of general interest, so I am responding to the listserv.

Information from the newsletter is definitely reproducible — in fact, that is highly encouraged. I only ask that you let me know which articles are being reproduced and in what publication. Also, if possible, it would be nice if you could send a copy of the publication to me at the address below. Finally, be sure to credit The Volunteer Monitor newsletter as the source of the article(s), and if possible also include the URL for newsletter subscriptions and back issues (the URL is in my signature block below).


Eleanor Ely
Editor, The Volunteer Monitor Newsletter
50 Benton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112


Spanish Materials

Question 1: Does anyone know of a source for an aquatic macroinvertebrate key that’s written in Spanish?

Question 2: Does anyone have volunteer monitoring manuals and/or other educational materials in Spanish on their websites?

Question 1

Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 00:11:12 -0600
From: Kris Stepenuck
Subject: [volmonitor] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?

Does anyone know of a source for an aquatic macroinvertebrate key that’s written in Spanish?



Kris Stepenuck
WI Volunteer Stream Monitoring Coordinator and staff on Volunteer Water Monitoring National Facilitation Project
UW-Extension and WI Department of Natural Resources
210 Hiram Smith Hall
1545 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1289
Phone: 608-265-3887
Fax: 608-262-2031

Responses to Question 1

Subject: Fw: [volmonitor] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?

Hi Kris,

I’ve sent an e-mail to our office in San Juan, PR. I’m hoping that they will get back to me soon with helpful information.

Paula Zevin
Regional Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator
Division of Environmental Science and Assessment
U.S.E.P.A. – Region 2
2890 Woodbridge Avenue, MS-220
Edison, NJ 08837
Tel.: (732) 321-4456
Fax: (732) 321-6616


From: Sherry Forgash
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?
To: Volunteer water monitoring

try the University of Puerto Rico, They are one of the land grant universities in EPA region 2.
hope this helps

Sherry Forgash
Nassau County SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation District)
1864 Muttontown Rd.
Syosset, New York 11791
516-364-5860 Phone
516-364-5861 Fax


Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?
To: Volunteer water monitoring
Cc: Kim Leizinger

Kris, have you contacted the folks at Global Water Watch (affiliated with AL Water Watch)?
I belive they conduct monitoring training sessions in Central America.

Alice Mayio
USEPA (4503T)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 566-1184


From: Chris Sullivan
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?

Hi Kris,

I have a document from Georgia Adopt-A-Stream that details chemical and biological monitoring. There is not a key, but there is some picture guides, unfortunately, now that I look at them, they are in english. the rest of the document is in Spanish and may prove helpful.

If you do find a key in Spanish, can you send it to me?

I have attached the Georgia doc to this email.



Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:07:58 -0600
From: William Deutsch
Subject: Re: [CSREESVolMon] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?
To: Kris Stepenuck
Cc: Omar Romagnoli ,

We will soon be translating our stream bioassessment manual into Spanish in preparation for some workshops in Mexico in March. This may not include a full key, but will have the principles and practice of biomonitoring, based on a modified, EPA protocol 1 (three groups of macroinvertebrates and a biotic index of WQ).



From: Lisa Galloway Evrard
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?
To: ‘Kris Stepenuck’


I’m not aware of any Spanish keys, but the “Get Bugged About Water Quality” keychain/magnifier are available in Spanish (


Lisa Galloway Evrard
Program Associate, Water Resources
Rutgers Cook College
Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551
Fax: 732-932-8644


Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:01:50 -0700
From: Andree Walker
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?

The EPA used to have small magnifying glasses attached to cards with
pictures of macros on them. They had Spanish versions. Maybe they have a
Spanish key?


From: “Seago, Jan”
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?
To: Kris Stepenuck


I asked Sharon Collman, our favorite ‘bug lady’ and she says that EPA has a handout available that is English and Spanish. It is not a complete list, however. If you call your EPA regional office’s PERC they might have some. If you do not have access to that number, call Region 10 at 206-553-1200 and ask for Ms. Hayslip.

Jan Seago
WSU Extension
Water Resource Education Program Coordinator
509.248.6869 office
360.951.5536 cell


From: Will Payne
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?
To: ‘Kris Stepenuck’

I don’t think you will find word-for-word translations for “common names”. However, the Latin taxonomy is universal! Anyway, I’ll keep checking. In the meantime, here are some Spanish translation manuals from Georgia adopt-a-stream that you may find useful

Will Payne
Yuma Agricultural Center
The University of Arizona
6425 W. 8th St.
Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 782 – 3836


Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 14:38:06 -0500
From: Linda Green
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?

List serve folks, here is info on Spanish macroinvertebrate keys, forwarded from Manuel L. Pescador, to Dave Penrose, then to Greg Jennings and finally to Kris S & list serve participants.
Hi Dave:
The two publications that come to mind which have keys in Spanish are:
1. Roldan, G. 1988. Guia para el estudio de los macroinvertebrados del Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia. Fen-Colombia, Colciencias,
Universidad de Antioqua, eds. Santafe de Bogota, Colombia 217p.

2. Fernando, F., C. M. Gonzalo Andrade, and G. Amat. 2004. Insectos der Colombia. Vol. 3. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 602 p. Both references have keys to families in Spanish. The paper by Roldan includes all the macroinverteberates while Fernando et al. paper ideals with insects both aquatic and terrestrial. I am sure there are other references on macroiinvertebrates in Latin America that I am not aware of, I will be on the look out and keep you posted. Our book on Mayflies of South America which will be published by Pensoft Publishers in Spring 2006 has keys(Families, Genera, Species) in both English and Spanish. I just finished reviewing the galley proof and we are looking forward to see copies of the book coming out soon.
Let me know if I could be of further assistance.
Hasta pronto,



On 12 Jan 2006 at 9:06, Dave Penrose wrote:
Hey Manny,

Hope things are going good amigo.

I got this message today asking for bug keys in Spanish and I’m assuming
that they want something fairly general. Can you help with this? Thanks.


Dave Penrose
Water Quality Extension Associate
NCSU Water Quality Group
Campus Box 7637
Raleigh, NC 27695-7637
ph: 919-515-8244; fax: 919-515-7448

“Entomologists are the most gentle people on earth – until a taxonomic problem crops up; it then transforms them into tigers.” Vladimir Nabokov, 1971


From: Kristen Travers []
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 3:56 PM
To: Volunteer water monitoring
Cc: Kim Leizinger
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Spanish macroinvertebrate key?

Another reference for the list –

Hernandex, HR and Dominguez, E. (eds). 2001. Guia para la Determinacion  de
los Arthopodes Bentonicos Sudamericanos. Universidad Nacional de Tucuman,
Tucuman, Argentina.

Kristen Travers
Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road
Avondale, PA 19311
610-268-2153 x239


Also see page 24 of the Winter 2005 edition of the Volunteer Monitor newsletter for a listing of Spanish lanugage water-quality focused educational materials:


Date: Tue, 08 May 2007 10:28:46 -0400
From: Linda Green
Subject: [volmonitor] FW: Spanish/English water and environment Extension

The weblink below provides a link to Extension publications available in
Spanish and English on water and environmental issues:

Shortcut to:

Linda Green


Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 17:22:36 +0000
From: Giovany Guevara Cardona
Subject: Spanish macroinvertebrate key?

Dear Kris

I am writing to you because of I see your message in Internet. I have a
caddisfly larvae key from Antioquia (Colombia) and other documents.

I hope that this information can be useful for you.

Trichoptera Coello GGC-2005.pdf (4.8 MB pdf file)

Plecoptera.pdf (221 KB pdf file)

zoologia2.pdf (548 KB pdf file)


Giovany Guevara Cardona
Biólogo-M.Sc. Est. de Doctorado en Ciencias, Mención Sistemática y Ecología
Instituto de Zoología
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad Austral de Chile
Casilla 567
Campus Isla Teja


Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 17:37:09 -0400
From: “Rozum, Mary Ann”
Subject: Spanish/English water and environment Extension factsheets

The weblink below provides a link to Extension publications available in
Spanish and English on water and environmental issues:

Question 2

Date: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:22 PM
From: Mayio, Alice
Subject: [volmonitor] monitoring manuals/educational materials in Spanish?

Does anyone have volunteer monitoring manuals and/or other educational materials in Spanish on their websites?  Global Water Watch has some Spanish content on their website but I’m unable to find actual manuals or instructional materials in Spanish.  I’m interested in helping support an environmental education project in Chile.  Thanks!

Alice Mayio
USEPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW (4503T)
Washington, DC  20460
(202) 566-1184

Responses to Question 2

From: Tara Muenz
Date: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Subject: RE:[volmonitor] monitoring manuals/educational materials in Spanish?

Hi Alice,

Yes, you can find 3 of our Georgia Adopt-A-Stream manuals translated here (scroll towards the bottom):

Very Best,

Tara Muenz
State Coordinator, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
Environmental Protection Division, GA DNR
4220 International Parkway, Suite 101
Atlanta, Georgia 30354
PH: 404-675-1635
FAX: 404-675-6245
Find us on Facebook!


From: Christina Medved
Date: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] monitoring manuals/educational materials in Spanish?


We have a Spanish version of the Leaf Pack Experiment manual available as a free download on the Leaf Pack Network® website:
We also have a  macroinvertebrate identification key, sorting sheets and a few other macro resources in Spanish. We developed them for workshops we taught in both Costa Rica and Peru. Those resources can be found here:

All the best,

Christina Medved,  M.A.
Education Programs Manager/Leaf Pack  Network® Administrator
Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer  Rd., Avondale, PA 19311
(610) 268-2153 ext. 301,  FAX: (610) 268-0490  or


From: Lorien Walsh
Date: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Subject: RE:[volmonitor] monitoring manuals/educational materials in Spanish?

There are some lesson plans on monitoring/watersheds that were developed for WWMC by Project WET a few years back.  They are available in Spanish at


From: Stepenuck, Kris []
Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:56 PM
To: Volunteer water monitoring

Although we don’t have manuals in both languages, we have English as well as Spanish-dubbed stream monitoring training videos at:

And also our key to life in the river is in Spanish: and in English:

The Give Water a Hand Guide (produced by UW-Extension but not part of our stream monitoring program) is in both languages too:

Kris Stepenuck

Kristine Stepenuck
Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program Coordinator
UW-Extension and WI Department of Natural Resources
445 Henry Mall, Rm 202
Madison WI 53706
608-265-3887 (MTF)
608-264-8948 (WR)
608-575-2413 (mobile)


 From: Julie Wood
Date: Wed, May 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Thanks Kris!
Super useful.

Julie Wood
Senior Scientist
Charles River Watershed Association
190 Park Road
Weston, MA  02943
t 781.788.0007 x225
f 781.788.0057


Service Provider Network


Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:18:12 -0500
From: Danielle Donkersloot
Subject: [volmonitor] Service Provider Network:

Hi Everyone:

I would like to know how many states have a volunteer monitoring service provider network? I am familiar with C-SAW in PA but I am looking for other examples.

My definition of a Service Provider Network is an existing mechanism that provides technical assistance and quality control to groups throughout the state consisting of professional staff of watershed associations, agencies, environmental organizations. This work/hand holding is done on a case-by-case basis for a fee.

Let me know if you have been involved in something similar or if you know of a group I can contact. Thanks again for you help!

“In order to achieve something, you must get started” Fortune Cookie wisdom
Danielle Donkersloot
609-633-9241 (direct line)
609-633-1458 (fax)
PO Box 418
Trenton, NJ 08625


Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 14:32:03 -0500
From: Peggy Savage
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Service Provider Network:

Hi Danielle,
When I was in MA, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) got a grant from EOEA (Executive Office of Environmental Affairs) along with 4-5 other groups to create a Service Provider Network. We were given specific geographic areas to cover – where we were to be the “first line of defense” for any requests for help from groups within our area. As the Network went along, we eventually created a list of skills that each of us could provide — and then if one of us got a request for assistance on a topic we didn’t specialize in, we could direct them to someone else. The Service Provider Network only lasted as long as the funding did (2-3 years). It took a while to get it up and functioning, since no one was aware of what monitoring groups existed where. But I would say that the majority of requests came from groups who were unaware that the Network existed.

I will dig around in my files at home and send you another contact of one of the other Service Providers who basically was already doing it for groups in their area. He may be able to give you more info — or let you know if it has been reinstated since I left.

Hope this helps! Take care — Peggy


Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:38:58 -0700
From: Rich Schrader
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Service Provider Network:


My company in many ways is providing a network like you describe for New Mexico. There are many monitoring service providers, but very few who work with volunteers. Go to to see some of the projects River Souce has using an informal network of contractors.

Also, I’m on the board of the Rocky Mountain Watershed Network, a regional network for service providers.

Rich Schrader


Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 16:14:13 -0500
From: Geoff Dates
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Service Provider Network:

Yes! It’s a great small-scale (but growing) model that grew out of a school program. I’ve recommended Rich to groups and tribes in NM and have been impressed with his adaptations of our training materials and the creation of his own approach to linking data to local planning, and even place-based stream restoration projects.



Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 10:35:07 -0400
Subject: [volmonitor]

We are starting something similar in Virginia. We are just in the beginning stages of development. We have based some of our organization on what’s going on in other state’s. We have some information about other states’ programs on our website.

Stacey Brown
Virginia Save Our Streams
P.O. Box 8297
Richmond, VA 23226


Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 14:09:59 -0500
From: Geoff Dates
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Service Provider Network:

Hi there,

Try these for starters.
Angie Becker Kudelka in MN (Minnesota Waters – was the Rivers Council of MN)
Eric Mendelman of Texas Watch
Missouri Stream Teams
MA Water Watch Partnership (Jerry Shoen)

Your definition casts a broad net, especially with agency-run lakes programs. I think most states have something that looks like what you describe.

Have a great weekend. I’m off to Wyoming next week. Anyone in Jackson I can give your regards?



From: HANSON Steve
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Service Provider Network:

I’m not sure if my program fits in. I am a state funded, no charge to
monitoring groups, program. More info at


Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 12:08:54 -0800
From: Bridget Hoover
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Service Provider Network:

Hi Danielle, I guess you would say that I provide a roll of “Service Provider” within the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We have a listserv, I loan equipment and can provide training to do water quality monitoring for smaller groups. We also have a QAPP that can act as an umbrella for smaller organizations, however, that has only been done once. We also try to standardize protocols and data management between groups. The Network has been in existence since about 1998. My website is below for more info or you can call me if you want to discuss further. Bridget

Bridget Hoover
Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network Coordinator
299 Foam Street
Monterey, CA 93940
B (831) 883-9303
F (831) 883-4748


Transparency Monitoring

Question 1: I would like to know how people make their own secchi disks.

Question 2: I am wondering about the pros and cons of using a one liter container to collect transparency tube samples.

Question 1

I am interested in hearing from people who make their own Secchi disks. I would like to know how you make them. Thank you!

Eleanor Ely
Editor, The Volunteer Monitor Newsletter
50 Benton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

Responses to Question 1

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 10:35:39 -0500
From: Elizabeth Herron
Subject: [volmonitor] Re: Secchi, transparency tube photos & info


In response to Ellie’s inquiry regarding making Secchi disks, I would like to offer this link to our website for our “Measuring Water Clarity” factsheet. Among other things, this pdf document includes instructions for making your own disk, as well as a primer on basic water clarity.

Then of course, the definative site for measuring water clarity is the “Great North American Secchi Dipin” found online.


Elizabeth Herron

Question 2

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:23:24 -0500
From: Anne Lewis <
Subject: [volmonitor] t-tube sample size


I am in the process of putting together a loaner kit for teachers who want
to try volunteer monitoring. I expect most of the borrowers to be upper
elementary/middle school teachers. The kit will include 60cm. transparency tubes. In looking at the different SOPs out there in volunteer monitoring land, I notice that the recommendation for collecting the sample is to use a large bucket.

Since the volume of a 60cm tube is a little less than a liter, I am
wondering about the pros and cons of using a one liter container to
collect the sample. The benefit would be a greater chance for a
homogenized sample; the drawback – a risk of spilling and sloshing so the
sample size is "short".


Anne Lewis
Information and Education Project Administrator
Project WET South Dakota
SD Leopold Education Project

SD Discovery Center
805 W. Sioux Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-224-2865 (fax)

Responses to Question 2

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 12:57:46 -0500
From: Erik Olson
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Fwd: [volmonitor] t-tube sample size


Two things of comment.

1. We noticed during our river surveys in Northern Wisconsin that in some cases the 120 cm transparency tubes were even to short. And on every stream we sampled the 60 cm was way to short. With that being said we were working in Northern Wisconsin were watersheds are still covered with more “undisturbed” surfaces. So it depends on the stream or river, but I would recommend having a couple 120 cm tubes on hand.

2. It seemed pretty easy for us to just fill up the tubes in the river/stream instead of transferring water in a bottle then to the tube. I prefer filling the tube directly up in the stream if possible over filling a bottle and then filling the tube. Although, it would definitely be an option in the stream was too shallow or too dangerous to wade into, or if your crew wanted to keep their feet relatively dry. And I suppose if you fill directly from the stream you run the risk of getting large objects, i. e. leaves, into your sample.

Erik Olson
Natural Resource Specialist
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College