RE: NANFA-- Happy Day of Clean Water :)

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 18 Oct 2002 16:50:33 -0500

Todd wrote:
>>Welp, today is the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. With
it's somewhat melancholy as it suffered a serious weakening this year,
compliments of our nation's current executive administration... However, I
think that warrants as much activity on our part as possible.
I'd like to encourage as many people as possible to slip on the neoprene and
get out there and survey some fish this weekend. There were test kits
available... I think some people purchased them
( It would be great to have some tests and
what I think is more important from NANFA... A catalog of the diversity that
we've witnessed would be something fantastic to compile, and possibly
somewhere mainstream.<<<

Jan adds:
If you do not have a test kit, get out the aquarium thermometers and pH
droppers, and make yourself a Secchi disc ( ). There's plenty of time. The deadline
for data collection is 27 Oct, and for data entry is 15 Nov.
Martin Moore (MS Regional Rep), Tyler Strange (LA), and I went out last
weekend and sampled streams of the Bayou Pierre drainage in Mississippi. We
recorded the data necessary in just a few minutes and then spent hours
collecting fish. We saw beautiful bluntface shiners, silverjaw minnows,
least madtoms, and several specimens of the endemic, endangered bayou
darter. A trip report will be forthcoming (hopefully) as part of the
upcoming AC article on NANFA and the Year of Clean Water.
A few tips:
1. Find out if your streams is running high, medium, or low by accessing
the gage data. We had planned to sample the Strong River but it was was
running 10 X higher than average so we shifted localities to a different
basin. You can locate stage data here:
2. Be sure to record air temperature and land use (rural, forested, urban,
etc.) along with your water quality data.
3. If you hve one, take a GPS unit out to confirm your coordinates.
Now go out and get those data, and see those fishes.
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