DEP recommends the training process described in the following links, and recommends that anyone wishing to submit SCI data to DEP pass an initial demonstration of proficiency (SCI field audit) and pass a refresher audit every 5 years thereafter. Contact Ashley O’Neal to schedule an initial or refresher SCI audit (including the online SCI test).
A field sampling audit (initial proficiency demonstration) is available for samplers wishing to submit BioRecon data to DEP. Samplers should undergo field taxonomic training with experienced BioRecon samplers, as well as dipnet sweep training as described above for the SCI.
DEP requires that analysts wishing to submit data to DEP pass 3 out of 5 benchmark tests every two years. It is optimal to test under similar water level conditions, and local hydrographs are provided for each site to aid in this determination. Analysts should not test at the same sites twice. New analysts can test at 2008, 2010, or 2012 sites if necessary, but should contact Joy Jackson if they plan to do so.
DEP recommends that anyone who intends to submit LVI data to DEP pass the LVI team proficiency testing offered every two years. In addition, at least one member of each LVI sampling team should pass the online test of common lake plants. Please contact Ashley O’Neal to take the online plant test.
Online Plant test is now available. At least one person on every LVI sampling team should pass the online test of common lake plants. Contact Ashley O’Neal (Ashley.ONeal@dep.state.fl.us) to take this test.
The final report for the Lake Vegetation Index 2017 Team Proficiency exercise is available here.
Team proficiency testing occurs during a one month window every other year, and will next be scheduled for summer of 2019. If you have questions about team proficiency testing, please contact Ashley O’Neal
LVI Calculator - Available for download and use to calculate Lake Vegetation Index scores. Users should review “Instructions for use of the LVI Calculator” before using. (Note: You must enable macros to use this calculator.)
Calculations per DEP SOP LVI 2200 (effective 7/30/14)
The Linear Vegetation Survey (LVS) characterizes the vascular plant community within the wetted channel of stream and river reaches. Follow DEP SOP FS 7320 (effective 7/30/14, dated 3/1/14) to conduct the LVS.
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