NC Stream Watch Survey Tool Overview

 

Which survey is right for you?

Pre-Trash Surveyor

This tool is designed to learn about how much trash is at your stream site before you have a clean-up event.  This tool asks for trash density, trash area, area safety, amount of recyclables, hazardous objects, and large objects. Take pictures and map the site's precise location for quick reference on the NC Stream Watch App!  No special tools required.  Designed for any age, from beginner stream-watchers to advanced water quality experts!

Post-Trash Tracker

This tool is designed to track how much trash is collected and bagged during your trash clean-up event.  This tool asks for days since last clean up, notes about the site, and the number of bags your group filled.  Take pictures and map the site's precise location for quick reference on the NC Stream Watch App!  No special tools required.  Designed for any age, from beginner stream-watchers to advanced water quality experts!

Source Tracker

Do you spot a pipe or a drainage into your stream?  This tool is designed to pinpoint where and how water gets to the stream whether it's a vegetated channel, pipe, or ditch.  It will ask you to estimate the flow of such conveyence as well as how long it's been since it has rained.  Take pictures and map the site's precise location for quick reference on the NC Stream Watch App!  No special tools required.  Designed for any age, from beginner stream-watchers to advanced water quality experts!

Stream Habitat Assessment

Habitat Assessment survey is an ideal tool for students learning about the health of an ecosystem around your stream.  No special tools are required, but we highly recommend reviewing this rubric from our friends at Georgia Adopt-A-Stream before heading out to your stream site.  This tool asks stewards to look at the diversity of habitat, sediment deposition, channel flow, bank stability, riparian vegetative areas, and much more.  While all fields are optional, we ask you complete as much of this survey as possible.  Don't forget to include a picture of the area and pinpoint the precise location on the map!

Water Chemistry Observations

This is a familiar tool for most adopt-a-stream/stream watch groups.  With this survey, stewards will complete information about the water's temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, nitrogen, phosphorus, stream flow, and rainfall.  This tool is perfect for 8th graders in North Carolina learning about the hydrocycle as well as high schoolers in environmental studies courses!  However, we welcome anyone to collect this data.

Macroinvertebrate Indicators

The kind of bugs found in-stream help indicate your stream's health.  This tool allows NC Stream Watchers to identify the specific species of macroinvertebrates found on the stream bed and under rocks.  (Perfectly paired with Project WET's "Water Quality? Ask The Bugs!" activity.)  We encourage NC Stream Watchers to take pictures of their tray after collecting their macroinvertebrates to include in this survey.