IES 439/539 Stream Assessment Protocols for Habitat and Water Quality (2)

An introduction to principles and methods for assessment of surface water quality and habitat. The course prepares students with practical skills needed to attain Qualified Data Collector (QDC) status with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency using Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI) and chemical water quality to assess the condition of streams. Lecture and field activities will help students attain Level 1 QDC status for chemical water quality analysis and Level 2 QDC status for QHEI. Independent assessments of streams, individual work on study plans, and application to the state is required for OEPA certification.

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