Understanding Water Quality by Identifying Stream Bugs
Photos by Joel Preston Smith.
As part of our volunteer water quality monitoring program, WV Rivers and Trout Unlimited teamed up with WV Department of Environmental Protection to offer citizens scientists a workshop on identifying benthic macro invertebrates, commonly referred to as “stream bugs”, through the WVDEP’s Save Our Streams program.
On a nice Spring day in April, 14 volunteers from across the state, met at Kanawha State Forest to learn how to sample and identify benthic macro invertebrates in Davis Creek from DEP’s Save Our Streams Coordinator, Glenn Nelson. Volunteers learned how to sample the stream with a kick net to collect the bugs. Then we took the bucket of bugs back to the picnic shelter to sort through and identify the specific critters inhabiting the stream.