August 16, 2010
RIVERWATCH REPORT ON THE QUALITY OF THE SANGAMON
At our regular monthly meeting this past August 16, Bruce reported that a total of 5 sites were monitored for invertebrates this past Riverwatch season. Three sites: Crooked Creek, Buffalo Trace, and Wildcat Slough are feeder creeks to the Sangamon and two sites are on the Sangamon River itself, one at Sangamon River Forest Preserve and one at Lake of the Woods. Two sites: Wildcat Slough and the Sangamon River at SRFP are being monitored for the second time. Interestingly the River rates in the “very good” range, while the feeder creeks generally have more poorer water quality, based on the invertebrates present. For more details, stop by our display booth at Riverfest and talk to Bruce Colravy, Riverwatch Monitoring chair.
June 18, 2010
RIVERWATCH MONITORING, BUFFALO TRACE
Several USRC members monitored the stream that meanders through Buffalo Trace, which is the part of the Champaign County Forest Preserve property just west of Lake of the Woods between SR47 and CR150, aka Crowley Road (north of the High School). Several macroinvertabrate samples were collected, included many sow bugs. We will assess stream health during workshops in August. Stay tuned!