DEP Stream Biological Assessment Methods Training: March 28, 2019
This training will cover stream bioassessment methods including the Stream Condition Index (SCI), Stream and River Habitat Assessment (HA), Rapid Periphyton Survey (RPS), and Linear Vegetation Survey (LVS). This class is intended for beginners.
When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST Where: Starkey Environmental Education Center, in J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park 10500 Wilderness Park Rd. New Port Richey, FL 34655 (see map below)
The training process described in the following links is required. Anyone wishing to submit SCI data to DEP must 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).
Samplers wishing to become proficient in SCI sampling should do the following:
Attend DEP SCI/HA class. This class is taught once a year at the Bear Creek Education Center near Tallahassee, and once a year in the Tampa area. Training opportunities are announced through Quality of Science e-newsletter.
Complete SCI training as directed in the checklist with one or more trainers who passed the SCI audit. Keep a list of training sites and dates.
Complete 9 training sites, as directed in the checklist, in which the trainee is practicing the method. The trainer should observe and critique dipnet sweeps by the trainee.
Trainer should conduct a mock audit for the trainee (10th training event), in which s/he ensures that the trainee understands and is proficient in the items in the checklist. Complete the Evaluator checklist.
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 or 2012, 2014 or 2016 sites if necessary, but should contact Joy Jackson if they plan to do so.
Anyone who intends to submit LVI data to DEP must pass the LVI team proficiency testing offered every two years. In addition, at least one member of each LVI sampling team must pass the online test of common lake plants. Please contact Ashley O’Neal to take the online plant test.
At least one person on every LVI sampling team must 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 4/16/18)
The Rapid Periphyton Survey (RPS) quantifies the thickness and abundance of attached algae in stream and river reaches. Follow DEP SOP FS 7230 (effective 4/16/18, dated January 2017) to conduct the RPS.
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 4/16/18, dated January 2017) to conduct the LVS.
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