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Aquatic Insect Monitoring

Monitoring the River on Macroinvertebrate DayAquatic insects are a particularly good measure of water quality since many are pollutant sensitive, are readily collected, and can be rapidly identified. Aquatic insects spend a lifecycle in the same stream section and therefore give a water quality history that a single water sample taken at one point in time cannot. FRWA holds an Annual Macroinvertebrate Day in October to monitor streams of the Watershed on a rotating basis using the Rapid Bioassessment in Wadeable Streams and Rivers by Volunteer Monitors developed by Mike Beauchene of the CT DEP. Results are available on DEP’s website.

Our 2010 results of Macroinvertebrate monitoring in the Massachussetts section of the Watershed can be viewed here.


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