Virginia’s Shenandoah River Filamentous Algae
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
The current method for measuring filamentous algae in streams and wadeable rivers is based on a method already in use by West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Methods for bank-to-bank transects and longitudinal sections in non-wadeable waters were also developed.
ICPRB scientists have further developed these field methods for measuring filamentous algae in different stream and river environments of Virginia. Methodology and data collection were piloted in the Shenandoah River basin. The potential for citizen monitors to apply this method was explored.