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Water: Monitoring & Assessment

Chapter 2 Elements of a Stream Study

2.1 - Basic Concepts
2.2 - Designing the Stream Study
2.3 - Safety Considerations
2.4 - Basic Equipment

This chapter is divided into three sections. The first section provides a review of basic concepts concerning watersheds, the water cycle, stream habitat, and water quality. This background information is essential for designing a stream monitoring program that provides useful data.

Section 2.2 presents the 10 critical questions that should be answered by program planners. These include: Why is monitoring taking place? Who will use the monitoring data? and What parameters or conditions will be monitored? The last section discusses the importance of safety in the field and laboratory.

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