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Biomonitoring Retrospective: Fifteen Year Summary for Maine Rivers and Streams. This report includes the results of fifteen years of biological monitoring effort and provides a summary of the results of biological monitoring of benthic macroinvertebrates in rivers and streams, between 1983 and 1998, in the State of Maine, by the DEP.

Chapter 579. Classification Attainment Evaluation Using Biological Criteria for Rivers and Streams

General Glossary for the Biological Monitoring Program

River and Stream Biological Monitoring Program -- Frequently Asked Questions DEP-LW0561 (pdf file)

Education and Outreach

Common Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Maine Streams and Wetlands DEP-LW0873 (pdf file)

Common Larval Stages of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates DEP-LW0874 (pdf file)

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Biomonitoring sampling methods and field sheets (QAPP/SOP)

Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for Biological Monitoring of Maine's Rivers, Streams, and Freshwater Wetlands (pdf file) DEPLW0638 (updated May 1, 2009)

QAPP Table 1: Maine Water Quality Criteria for Classification of Fresh Surface Waters (38 MRSA §465) (Please see p. 6 of the above QAPP pdf)

QAPP Table 2: Data Quality Objectives and Indicators, and Measurement Quality Objectives for Water Quality Monitoring (pdf file)

QAPP Table 3: Details for Sampling Biota and Water Quality Parameters (pdf file)

QAPP Table 4: Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing Requirements as well as Calibration Method and Frequency for Field Instruments/Equipment (pdf file)

QAPP Appendix A: List of Acronyms (Please see the above QAPP pdf).

QAPP Appendix B: Field Data Sheets (All field data sheets are pdf files)

River and Stream Macroinvertebrate Sampling Field Sheets

Maine DEP Biological Monitoring Unit Stream Macroinvertebrate Field Data Sheet

Algae Sampling Field Sheets

a) Maine DEP Stream Algae Field Data Sheet
b) Maine DEP Viewing Bucket Survey Data Sheet
c) Maine DEP Canopy Cover Sheet
d) Maine DEP Epiphytic Algae Data Sheet

Wetland Field Sheets

a) Maine DEP Wetland Bioassessment Field Data Form
b) Human Disturbance Ranking Form for Biological Assessment of Wetlands
c) Maine DEP Epiphytic Algae Data Sheet

QAPP Appendix C: Chemistry Tracking (contact biomonitoring staff to view the chain of custody form).

QAPP Appendix D: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) (All SOPs are pdf files)

Methods for Biological Sampling and Analysis of Maine's Rivers and Streams DEPLW0387-B2002 (updated August 2002)

Protocols for Using the Hanna Dissolved Oxygen and Specific Conductance/pH Meters in Rivers, Streams, and Freshwater Wetlands DEPLW0636 (updated 2012)

Protocols for Using the Global Flow Meter in Wadeable Rivers and Streams DEPLW0635 (updated 2010)

Protocols for Collecting Water Grab Samples in Rivers, Streams, and Freshwater Wetlands DEPLW0637 (updated 2012)

Procedure for Measuring Continuous Water Temperature Using an Onset Data Logger DEPLW0700 (updated 2013)
Appendix A: Protocols for Testing Temperature Logger Precision DEPLW0700 (updated 2013)
Appendix B: Temperature Logger Tracking Form DEPLW0700 (updated 2013)

Protocols for Sampling Algae in Wadeable Rivers, Streams, and Freshwater Wetlands DEPLW0634 (updated 2009)

Protocols for Sampling Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands DEPLW0640 (updated 2012)

Protocols for Decontaminating Biomonitoring Sampling Equipment DEPLW0919 (updated 2012)

Protocols for Calculating the Diatom Total Phosphorus Index (DTPI) and Diatom Total Nitrogen Index (DTNI) for Wadeable Streams and Rivers DEPLW0970A (updated 12/1/2009)

QAPP Appendix E: Annual Project Plan (pdf file)

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Quick Reference Guides

Algae Sampling in Wadeable Streams and Rivers (Rock Scrapings) DEP-LW0856 (pdf file)

Sampling Wadeable Streams: Steps to Success DEP-LW0876 (pdf file)

Wetland Sampling Steps to Success: Collecting Macroinvertebrates Using a Dip Net Measured Sweep DEP-LW0877 (pdf file)