Biosurvey equipment


Most of the equipment listed in table one is provided at no charge to volunteer monitoring groups who complete a stream monitoring certification workshop and agree to an MOU

In most cases the program can provide one-set of equipment for each group; however, in certain situations the program may be able to provide multiple sets or additional supplies if the group has many stations and plans to have several teams of monitors working simultaneously.  The equipment and extra basic kits are sometimes provided at the discretion of the program coordinator.  In these cases the group may be responsible for a portion or all of the costs.

Table 1 provides examples of the basic equipment needed to perform a level-one biosurvey.  Table 2 provides additional equipment that should be added to your biosurvey kit if a more advanced evaluation is preferred.  At this time the program does not charge for basic equipment; however, we do not provide funds for optional equipment.  Note: If a group does not use the equipment provided within one-year, all items must be returnedThe equipment links provided below are for examples only; they are not an endorsement of a specific company or product brand.  Click-Here for some homemade equipment ideas. 

 

Table 1. Basic

Table 2. Optional

1

Student grade kick-net 

1

Professional kick-net 

2

Magnifying loupes 

2

Rectangular-net or D-nets

3

Box magnifiers 

3

Buckets (2–3½ gallon) 

4

EZ Strainer or Sieve 

4

Disposable gloves 

5

Larva sorting tray 

5

Plastic and glass specimen vials 

6

pH test strips or kits 

6

Sample storage bottles 

7

Forceps 

7

Alcohol (500 mL) 

8

Straight edge 

8

Student dissecting scope 

9

Thermometer 

9

GPS and digital camera 

10

Buckets (5 gallon) 

10

Global flow probe

11

Reel tape (100-feet) 

11

Coliscan Easygel

12

Spray bottle and brush 

 

 

13

Reel tape (100-meter) 

 

 

At the discretion of the Coordinator, many of the items in Table 1 are provided at no charge.  This does not include items 10-13, which should be added to the equipment provided.  The volunteer group is responsible for the cost of the additional items.  Click-Here for more information about the basic biosurvey kit 
 
Note: WV Save Our Streams does not provide water chemistry kits. However, the program has developed a custom kit from LaMotte, which is available for purchase. Click-Here to learn more 

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