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Watershed Watch Community Science

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  1. Watershed Watch Community Science
  2. Watershed Watch Methods
    Introduction & What is a Watershed?
    1 Quiz
  3. How Do I Collect Watershed Health Data?
    How to Measure Stream Chemistry?
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  4. What is an Benthic Macroinvertebrate, How to Sample, What do they tell us about Watershed Health?
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  5. How do we Measure the Health of Riparian Areas
    7 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  6. How to Measure Streamflow?
    5 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  7. How to I Turn My Data Into Action?
    How to organize and interpret my data and develop findings?
  8. How to make a community presentation with my findings?
  9. How write a watershed management plan?
  10. We Calibrate Because We Care! ~ How to maintain and calibrate equipment
  11. How can I find work in the field of watershed science?
  12. How can I influence policymakers and turn my data into action?
Lesson 6, Topic 2
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What’s the Width?

August 11, 2020
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Here we will start by measuring and marking 3 locations on both sides of the stream. You can use flags or whatever you have on hand to mark the locations. Your distances can be different for smaller streams (0, 1.5 and 3 ft) verses mid sized streams (0, 10 and 20 ft). Record this length from the upstream to the downstream boundary as the distance. We will come back to this distance.

As for the width, measure the distance across the stream at each of the 3 locations. And then find the average by adding them all up and dividing by 3. This average gives us a good representation of the width of the river!