HABITAT FEATURES CHECKLIST

Date:

Stream Name:

 

Location:

County:

 

Observers:

 

Group Name:

Supervisor:

Survey 100 meters of stream.  Measure the length in meters (use a tape measure) of each habitat type present:

Riffles   _________  Pools __________  Runs ________

 

1. Particle sizes on stream bottom: estimate percent area for each

 

4. Stream size: in cm

 

 

Percent:

Fines

<0.25 mm

Sand

0.25-2 mm

Gravel

2-65 mm

Cobble

65-250 mm

Boulder

>250 mm

Order: (use map)

 

<5%

 

 

 

 

 

Width of water:

 

5-25%

 

 

 

 

 

min

max

 

25-50%

 

 

 

 

 

Width of channel:

 

>50%

 

 

 

 

 

min

max

 

 

2. Bottom cover on stream: estimate percent area for each

Mid-stream depth range:

min               |  max

 

 

 

Percent:

Algae

(slick film or strands)

Twigs and leaf debris

(<10 cm)

Woody debris

(>10 cm)

Aquatic plants

(rooted)

Other:

5. Embeddedness %:

burial of gravel and cobble by fine and sand sediment

 

<5%

 

 

 

 

 

<5%

 

 

5-25%

 

 

 

 

 

5-25%

 

 

25-50%

 

 

 

 

 

25-50%

 

 

>50%

 

 

 

 

 

>50%

 

 

3. Streambank cover, slopes and erosion: estimate percent area on both banks for each

 

Percent:

Grasses

Brush

Trees

Rocks

Soil

undercut

steep

shallow

Eroding

 

<5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                 

Note: undercut slope angle = <90 to water; steep slope = >90-150; shallow or gentle slope = 150-180 flat to water

Flow Conditions:       slow/smooth         moderate/rippling         rapid/turbulent

     or Current velocity estimate (using meter or timed float):                Average cm / second:   

Discharge estimate:                       [avg. velocity (cm/sec) X cross-section area (avg. depth x