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Plant Identification Resources

In order to effectively perform lake sampling using the Lake Vegetative Index (LVI), it is imperative to know the aquatic plants that are likely to be encountered. This page is intended to be a repository for helpful information to use in the identification of commonly encountered aquatic plants. It is NOT intended to replace the need for more formal field and classroom training.

Bioassessment Training, Evaluation, and Quality Assurance

FDEP – Stream Biological Assessment Training

DEP will offer a free one-day training on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the Starkey Environmental Education Center at the J.B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve in New Port Richey, FL. 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, but may serve as a refresher for those who have not attended in several years.  


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