Recommendations to Citizen Groups for Chemical Monitoring of Streams and Rivers
Wenner, David B.
Miller, William P.
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Recommendations are made for modifying the methods used by citizen groups that follow the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program (GAAS) protocols for chemical monitoring of streams. These suggestions include estimating or measuring discharge, modifying some of the analytical methods, and following simple quality control procedures. These recommendations are made with the goal of having data obtained by volunteer groups become more acceptable to the regulatory and professional community. In addition to the water quality parameters described by GAAS, it is recommended that five day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD₅), fecal coliform, total solids, and turbidity be added to the list of measured parameters. This expanded list will permit calculation of a water quality index used by the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network . Such an index provides an assessment of the condition of a stream that is easily understood by the public and is consistent with how GAAS uses data obtained from micro invertebrate assemblages.