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WAVE Forms and Data

Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators

Sampling Instructions

A detailed description of our sampling method is described in the WAVE Quality Assurance Project Plan. This document is required by the US EPA and describes all the steps taken to ensure data are of sufficient quality. An instruction booklet titled, "Instructions for Collecting and Submitting WAVE Samples" is also available, which is used by the citizen scientists.

WAVE Quality Assurance Project Plan (PDF) (126 KB) - detailed description of sampling which is required by the EPA.

Instructions for Collecting and Submitting WAVE Samples (PDF) (959 KB) - functional instructional booklet for citizen scientists

Data Forms

The following forms are required for each WAVE sampling site:

WAVE Data Sheet (PDF) (47 KB)

User Perception Form (PDF) (38 KB)

Habitat Assessment Form (PDF) (853 KB)

Data Reports

A WAVE annual report is completed following each sampling season. The annual report provides background information on the WAVE program, a summary of the data collected in the previous year, a list of macroinvertebrates found at each sampling site and the concluding assessment for each site.

2012 WAVE Annual Report (PDF) (854 KB)

2013 WAVE Annual Report (PDF) (2.21 MB)

Data Maps

Google Maps data collected in 2012 and 2013 by the WAVE project (this link will redirect your browser to Google's Map website).

Visit DEC's Google Maps and Earth web page for general information about Google Maps and for more maps available in Google Maps.


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