Stream Ecosystem Health Kit
Over the next few years, the NBCFWRU with support from various community groups and the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund will be developing a tool kit for community groups to use for assessing the health of the streams in their watersheds.
The first step of this evolving process is the delivery of a method to assess the biological integrity using stream macroinvertebrates, a.k.a. "bugs". The method we are using is derived from the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation's Streamkeeper's Field Guide. We have tested this method on New Brunswick data from the Petitcodiac and Magaguadavic river watersheds and found it to be most applicable.
You can download the method description, techniques, and analyses
data/work sheets from this web page. The data sheets are in EXCEL 7.0
format ready for entry of your data, but you can also print them off to
use as work sheets. The other 2 files are Adobe Acrobat pdf format
documents. It is recommended that you consider obtaining a copy of the
Streamkeeper's Field Guide (ISBN # 0-9652109-0-1) because it has many
additional techniques designed to help community groups assess and
protect their streams.
You can obtain further information at http://www.streamkeeper.org or the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation, 425-316-8592.
If you have any questions about the stream ecosystem materials, please contact Dr. Allen Curry (firstname.lastname@example.org).