ANS Delivers Report on Stream Health in Montgomery County, MD 2010-2015
ANS delivered the Report on Stream Health in Montgomery County, MD 2010-2015 and the data it describes to Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Maryland Department of the Environment. Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator Cathy Wiss briefed each of these agencies on ANS’ programs, training, data quality assurance protocols, and the deep commitment of our program volunteers. Between 2010 and 2015, ANS teams monitored 28 stream sites in ten Montgomery County watersheds: Paint Branch, Northwest Branch, Sligo Creek, Upper Rock Creek, Watts Branch, Muddy Branch, Great Seneca Creek, Little Seneca Creek, Little Bennett Creek, and Hawlings River. Most of the sites are located in Montgomery County Parks; three are on private property; and one is in Seneca Creek State Park. In each accompanying individual site report, a description of the site is given; the macroinvertebrates found during each visit are listed; and a stream health score is assigned. These stream health scores are compared to scores from previous years in charts showing both long-term trends and two-year moving averages. In addition, data collected in habitat assessment surveys is presented. This report summarizes and analyzes the data collected during this period. To read the full report click on this link: 2010-2015-data-summary-report In a few weeks ANS staff will attend a workshop sponsored by the state called “Data to Decisions—Why Your Data Matter.” We are very eager to continue to share our data and talk with other experts about how to use citizen science in natural resource decision-making.
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