Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a two day training on the Stream Corridor Assessment protocols.
The Stream Corridor Assessment (SCA) survey is designed to provide a method which can be used to both rapidly assess the general physical condition of a stream system and identify the location of a variety of common environmental problems within the stream’s corridors. It is intended to be a tool that can help resource managers identify not only the location of environmental problems but also restoration opportunities that exist within a drainage network.
The SCA survey has four main objectives:
It is important to note that SCA is not intended to be a detailed scientific survey of a stream system nor will it replace the more standard chemical and biological surveys. Instead SCA is intended to provide a rapid method of examining an entire drainage network so future monitoring, management and/or conservation efforts can be better targeted.
This virtual training will familiarize a wide audience with general stream ecology, the Stream Corridor Assessment protocols, survey logistics, and data collection. The training will also cover updates to the data collection methods, including current low-cost technology.
You can check out a draft agenda here: Stream Corridor Assessment Training Agenda.pdf
The original Stream Corridor Assessment Survey Protocols can be found here: https://dnr.maryland.gov/streams/Publications/SCAProtocols.pdf