Collector's Names_______________________________


Water Quality Field Information

Adapted from the Illinois RiverWatch Site Identification Form
Codes used throughout this project correspond to the Illinois RiverWatch Database Codes so that comparisons may be made.

Date Monitored__________________Stream Name_______________________________

Watershed Name__________________________________________________________


Start Time________________________ End Time_______________________________


Present Weather (24H)

  1. _____Clear/Sunny
  2. _____Overcast
  3. _____Showers (intermittent rain)
  4. _____Rain (steady rain)
  5. _____Storm (Heavy rain)


Water Appearance (WAP)

  1. _____Clear
  2. _____Milky
  3. _____Foamy
  4. _____Dark Brown
  5. _____Oily sheen
  6. _____Reddish
  7. _____Green
  8. _____Other_______________


Turbidity (TUR)

  1. _____Clear
  2. _____Slight
  3. _____Medium
  4. _____Heavy

Weather in Past 48 Hours (48H)

  1. _____Clear/Sunny
  2. _____Overcast
  3. _____Showers (intermittent rain)
  4. _____Rain (steady rain)
  5. _____Storm (Heavy rain)


Water Odor (WOD)

  1. _____None
  2. _____Sewage
  3. _____Chlorine
  4. _____Fishy
  5. _____Rotten eggs
  6. _____Petroleum
  7. _____Other _______________



Water__________0 F 0C (WTF or WTC)

Air____________0 F 0C (WTF or WTC)

Algal Growth (ALG) _________% of stream bottom covered

Are there submerged aquatic plants? (SAP) Yes No (circle)c


List the types of riparian (stream side) vegetation present at your stream site. ___________________________________________________________________________________


Estimate Canopy Cover (CNC). __________% of stream site shaded.

Bottom substrate. Record percentage of each of the materials that make up the stream bottom. Note all that are present.

_____Bedrock (BDR) ______Cobble (2.5 in.-10 in.) (CBB) _____Sand (< 0.1 in.)

_____Boulder (> 10 in.) (BLD) _____Gravel (0.1 in.-2.5 in.) (GRV) _____Silt (SLT)

_____Other (OBS)__________________________________________________________________

Embeddedness (EMB) Check the description that best describes the percentage of gravel, cobble, and boulder surface covered by fine sediment or silt.

  1. _____0 to 25 %
  2. _____25-50 %
  3. _____50-75 %
  4. _____75-100 %


Stream Discharge Estimate

Stream Width (STW)________Feet (to the nearest 0.1 ft)

Depth Measurement

Velocity Calculation

Near Bank _________ft. (nearest 0.1 ft)

10 ft divided by ______Seconds =________ft/sec

Middle of Stream_________ft. (nearest 0.1ft )

10 ft divided by _______Seconds =________ft/sec

Far Bank____________ft. (nearest 0.1 ft)

10 ft divided by _______Seconds =_______ft/sec

Average Depth______________ft

Average Velocity_______________ft/sec

Discharge (width x depth x velocity) ______feet x _____feet x _______feet/sec = _______ft3/sec


Watershed Features

Indicate whether the following land uses are dominant (D) or occur in just small areas (X) upstream and surrounding your stream site. If a listed land use is not present, leave blank.

Forest (W01)

Logging (W02)

Golf Course (W03)

Grassland (W04)

Ungrazed Fields (W05)

Commercial/Industrial (W06)

Scattered Residential (W10)

Urban (W08)

Cropland(type ?)(W09 and W12T)

Sewage Treatment (W10)

Park (W11)

Mining (type ?) (W12 and W12T)

Sanitary Landfill (W13)

Livestock Pasture (W14)

Housing Construction (W15)

Upstream Dam? (UPD) (including Beaver dams) Yes or No. If so how far is the dam? (DUD) __________________________________________________________________________________

Wastewater treatment discharge upstream? (WTD) Yes or Not. If yes, How far upstream? (DWT) __________________________________________________________________________________

Any pipes emptying directly into or near you study site? (PIP) Yes Or No.

Channel Alteration (CHA). Has the stream been channelized? (%CH) ________%

Habitat Survey Notes (HNT) (include sediment odors, appearance, and/or the presence of silt, watershed feature present but not used on this data sheet, and any other information you feel is important or interesting to mention):



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