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Monitoring Resources

Students monitoring the Letort Stream Run

Many of ALLARM's resources and workshop tools are available online. We invite organizations and individuals to use our background materials, presentations, manuals, and directions to start stream and water quality monitoring programs. For questions or assistance, please contact us.


Stream Team Manual

This manual details the protocol of our Stream Team monitoring program.

Monthly Monitoring Data Reminders

Need assistance regarding what value to record in your data sheet for a chemical parameter? Use this document as a reference when recording and analyzing data with your ALLARM chemical monitoring kits.

Winter Monitoring Guidelines

If you choose to monitor in the winter, follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and dry monitoring experience.

COVID-19 Monitoring Guidelines

These guidelines should be read prior to monitoring if you choose to do so when your PA county is in the Green Phase.

Study Design Worksheets

These worksheets assist in developing a monitoring program and comb through the thought processes that are necessary to match your monitoring objectives.

Study Design Manual

Study design manuals help inform groups what they will monitor, what parameters to measure and what the goals of monitoring projects are.

Sampling Pole Do-It-Yourself (DIY)

The Sampling Pole DIY provides instructions to create a stream monitoring sampling pole at home!

Chemical Monitoring

Chemical monitoring is a snapshot view in time of stream health. This manual focuses on quality assurance/quality control practices that are needed to maintain your monitoring equipment and use your kits and meters correctly. 

Visual Assessment

Visual assessment trains volunteers to evaluate stream health based on physical characteristics of the stream. This manual is ALLARM's modified version of the USDA Visual Assessment Protocol.

Biological Monitoring

Macroinvertebrates are commonly used as biological indicator of stream health. This manual is ALLARM's adaptation of the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI) protocol.

Data Interpretation

After you collect your data, it is time to find your water quality story! ALLARM developed a virtual watershed as an exercise to help you understand water quality trends and typical relationships to facilitate understanding your data.

Stream Team Volunteer Agreement

These guidelines are to be reviewed by volunteers and submitted to ALLARM in order to participate in Stream Team.

Unless otherwise stated, all resources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License CC-BY-NC-ND.
For questions, assistance, or to use this content in other ways, please contact us.