FRIENDS OF THE KINNI: Citizen Benthic Algal Biomonitoring for the Kinni

Purpose

The Friends of the Kinni (FOTK) is sponsoring a project to train local citizens in the use of the DNR-developed procedures for viewing bucket assessments of benthic algal biomass & facilitate development of an on-going, sustainable citizen-based biomonitoring program on the Kinni that involves annual benthic algal biomonitoring and reporting of findings to member organization of the KWP and DNR. The protocols, established by the DNR for assessing if a stream is exhibiting a biological response to phosphorus, (DNR's Phosphorus Response Criteria). The project includes establishing biomonitoring stations on the Kinni. Monitoring protocol for volunteers will be refined and adapted from DNR protocols. Training and technology transfer of method to FOTK staff & select number of citizen volunteers \2013 demonstrated with instruction by experts at GLEC. Field monitoring, the monitoring will be applied during the growing season commensurate with water quality sampling for phosphorus, and inclusive of a quality assurance and control audit. Reporting and information sharing. Results and findings will be summarized in a report and a workshop/public meeting held to disseminate method and information. Project deliverables: Increased biological monitoring on the Kinni, and routine assessment of benthic algal biomass. Establishes a prototype citizen-volunteer benthic algal biomonitoring program for streams in WI. Educates and trains staff and students at UWRF, and educates, trains, and involves the public on conservation of a locally-important and shared water resource. Special conditions: WDNR will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) copy of all data and maps from the project. This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps, and digital images, must be submitted in a format specified, to the DNR.

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The Friends of the Kinni (FOTK) is sponsoring a project to train local citizens in the use of the DNR-developed procedures for viewing bucket assessments of benthic algal biomass & facilitate development of an on-going, sustainable citizen-based biomonitoring program on the Kinni that involves annual benthic algal biomonitoring and reporting of findings to member organization of the KWP and DNR. The protocols, established by the DNR for assessing if a stream is exhibiting a biological response to phosphorus, (DNR's Phosphorus Response Criteria). The project includes establishing biomonitoring stations on the Kinni. Monitoring protocol for volunteers will be refined and adapted from DNR protocols. Training and technology transfer of method to FOTK staff & select number of citizen volunteers \2013 demonstrated with instruction by experts at GLEC. Field monitoring, the monitoring will be applied during the growing season commensurate with water quality sampling for phosphorus, and inclusive of a quality assurance and control audit. Reporting and information sharing. Results and findings will be summarized in a report and a workshop/public meeting held to disseminate method and information. Project deliverables: Increased biological monitoring on the Kinni, and routine assessment of benthic algal biomass. Establishes a prototype citizen-volunteer benthic algal biomonitoring program for streams in WI. Educates and trains staff and students at UWRF, and educates, trains, and involves the public on conservation of a locally-important and shared water resource.
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The Friends of the Kinni (FOTK) is sponsoring a project to train local citizens in the use of the DNR-developed procedures for viewing bucket assessments of benthic algal biomass & facilitate development of an on-going, sustainable citizen-based biomonitoring program on the Kinni that involves annual benthic algal biomonitoring and reporting of findings to member organization of the KWP and DNR. The protocols, established by the DNR for assessing if a stream is exhibiting a biological response to phosphorus, (DNR's Phosphorus Response Criteria). The project includes establishing biomonitoring stations on the Kinni. Monitoring protocol for volunteers will be refined and adapted from DNR protocols. Training and technology transfer of method to FOTK staff & select number of citizen volunteers \2013 demonstrated with instruction by experts at GLEC. Field monitoring, the monitoring will be applied during the growing season commensurate with water quality sampling for phosphorus, and inclusive of a quality assurance and control audit. Reporting and information sharing. Results and findings will be summarized in a report and a workshop/public meeting held to disseminate method and information. Project deliverables: Increased biological monitoring on the Kinni, and routine assessment of benthic algal biomass. Establishes a prototype citizen-volunteer benthic algal biomonitoring program for streams in WI. Educates and trains staff and students at UWRF, and educates, trains, and involves the public on conservation of a locally-important and shared water resource.
 
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