Stream Visual Assessment
Please answer the following questions about the stream location using your senses and observations.
Your name or initials
Display your name/initials with monitoring results?
Please select whether you would like to display your name along side your observations.
Please supply us with your email
This will only be used in case we need to contact you about your involvement or the site you monitored. Your email address will not be displayed publicly.
Name of Site Monitored
Location on the stream
Please provide Latitude/Longitude or a detailed description of the stream.
Possible issues with stream
If you note possible issues with the stream, please briefly describe these issues below.
Check all that apply
No problems evident
Evidence of illegal dumping (garbage, oil, sewage, etc.)
Gas bubbling to the surface
Obvious source of water pollution
Evidence of farm animals watering or grazing at stream
Did it rain in the last 24 hours?
1) Clear, slightly green, or slightly blue
2) Green, light brown, murky, looks foamy, or is slightly cloudy or milky
3) Red, orange, black, yellow, or milky white
1) Clear water
2) Low turbidity; slightly cloudy
3) High turbidity; muddy or cloudy; opaque
1) No odor or natural "earthy" smell
2) Moderate odor of ammonia or rotten eggs
3) Strong odor of chemicals, oil, sewage, other pollutants
1) Little to no algae growth
2) Patches of algal growth in sunny places
3) Excess algae growth throughout the stream
1) Clean surface; doesn't feel slimy
2) Small amount of foam/pond scum (better picture needed - focus on foam presence)
3) Excess foam/pond scum or any presence of an oily sheen
Stream bank erosion
1) Stream banks are intact, secured by vegetation; no evidence of erosion
2) A portion of stream bank is not intact; moderate erosion evident (some bare soil present)
3) Significant erosion present (substantial amounts of bare soil and/or sedimentation from roads or construction)
1) Low flow rate; slow moving, little oxygenation over rocks/riffles
2) Normal water height and flow rate close to baseline stream levels
3) High water, fast moving, increased amounts of whitewater
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