Salt Creek Investigation

Habitat Assessment Data Sheet

Stream _____________________________ Location ___________________________

County __________________________ Town/City ____________________________

Date _______________ Start Time __________ End Time _____________

Group Members ________________________________________________________

1. Weather Conditions

Condition

Present

Past 48 Hours

clear/sunny

 

 

overcast

 

 

showers (intermittent rain)

 

 

rain (steady rain)

 

 

storms (heavy rain)

 

 

2. Water Appearance

clear

 

turbid

 

milky

 

foamy

 

dark brown

 

oily sheen

 

reddish

 

green

 

other

 

3. Water Odor

none

 

sewage

 

chlorine

 

fishy

 

rotten eggs

 

petroleum

 

other

 

4. Temperature

 

Farenheit

Celsius

Water

 

 

Air

 

 

5. pH ___________

 

6. dissolved oxygen __________ parts per million

 

7. Algal Growth

_______% stream bottom covered by algae

 

8. Canopy Cover

_______ % stream shaded

Notes:

 

 

9. Bottom Substrate

%

bedrock

%

boulders (>10" stones)

%

cobble (2.5" - 10" stones)

%

gravel (0.1" - 2.5" stones)

%

sand (<0.1" grains)

%

silt (mud)


Adapted with permission from Illinois RiverWatch Network Citizen Stream Monitoring Manual