Warm Springs Watershed Association

Warm Springs Watershed Association

  Morgan County,  Berkeley Springs,  West Virginia      

Stream Monitoring

In preparation for the stream monitoring associated with this assessment, several members of the Warm
Springs Watershed Association completed a WSWA-sponsored Stream Monitoring Workshop in April
2010. Two of the members took the course to maintain their certification status. The workshop was
conducted by Tim Craddock, Coordinator of the Save Our Streams Program for the West Virginia
Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). Following the workshop, attendees could elect to
take a certification examination. As a result, two additional WSWA members received Level 1
certification as Volunteer Stream Monitors for West Virginia.
In June of 2010, the WSWA also sponsored a second stream monitoring workshop, Testing Our Waters.
This workshop focused on teaching the correct protocol for monitoring water for bacteria, including
fecal coliforms. While participants were not able to be certified, the course did provide a better
understanding of bacterial monitoring procedures. Baseline data can be used to justify further testing, if
warranted by findings.
Monitoring of Warm Springs Run began on April 21, 2010. Over the course of the next three months,
stream surveys were conducted by teams of three or four certified monitors (at least one of whom was
certified at level 3) in five separate locations along the Run. The information collected was recorded and
the originals and summary documents submitted to Tim Craddock at WVDEP. The results of these
surveys are summarized in the following paragraphs. Tabular data from the surveys, in summary chart
format, and the summary survey documents submitted to WVDEP are appended to this assessment.