Bioassessment Training, Evaluation, and Quality Assurance
DEP Bioassessment Methods Course Registration
This training will cover stream bioassessment methods including the
Stream Condition Index (SCI), Stream and River Habitat Assessment (HA),
Rapid Periphyton Survey (RPS), and Linear Vegetation Survey (LVS). This
class is intended for beginners.
When: Tuesday, September 19,
2017, 8:30 AM EST
Where: Bear Creek Educational Center
(lat/longs 30.476562, -84.625686)
Agenda and Information
Click here to register
FDEP recommends the training process described in the following
links, and recommends that anyone wishing to submit SCI data to FDEP
pass an initial demonstration of proficiency (SCI field audit) and pass
a refresher audit every 5 years thereafter.
Contact Ashley O’Neal
to schedule an initial or refresher SCI audit (including the online SCI
Samplers wishing to become proficient in SCI sampling should
do the following:
- Attend DEP SCI/HA class. This class is taught 1-2 times a
year at the Bear Creek Education Center near Tallahassee.
Training opportunities are announced through Quality of Science
- Complete SCI training as directed in the checklist with one
or more trainers who passed the SCI audit. Keep a list of
training sites and dates.
- Complete 12 training sites, as directed in the checklist, in
which the trainee is practicing the method. The trainer should
observe and critique dipnet sweeps by the trainee.
- Trainer should conduct a mock audit for the trainee, in
which s/he ensures that the trainee understands and is
proficient in the items in the checklist. Complete the Evaluator
- Pass online test and field audit.
A field sampling audit (initial proficiency demonstration) is
available for samplers wishing to submit BioRecon data to DEP. Samplers
should undergo field taxonomic training with experienced BioRecon
samplers, as well as dipnet sweep training as described above for the
FDEP requires that analysts wishing to submit data to FDEP pass
3 out of 5 benchmark tests every two years. It is optimal to test under
similar water level conditions, and local hydrographs are provided for
each site to aid in this determination. Analysts should not test at the
same sites twice. New analysts can test at 2008, 2010, or 2012 sites if
necessary, but should contact
if they plan to do so.
Contact Joy Jackson to submit your testing scores.
FDEP has established sites in the Panhandle, Northeast/Central, and
South Regions. Please be sure to use the revised list of sites for the
South Region provided in the link below.
Northeast/Central Sites (20 MB) |
Sites (20 MB) |
2016 South Sites (9.1 MB)
FDEP recommends that anyone who intends to submit LVI data to FDEP,
pass the LVI team proficiency testing offered every two years.
In addition, at least one member of each LVI sampling team should pass
the online test of common lake plants. Please
to take the online plant test.
Online Plant Test
Online Plant test is now available. At least one person on every LVI
sampling team should pass the online test of common lake plants. Contact
Ashley O’Neal (Ashley.ONeal@dep.state.fl.us)
to take this test.
2017 Team Proficiency Testing for the LVI will be conducted
June 1-30, 2017 at the lakes specified below. For those organizations
that wish to submit LVI data to DEP, each LVI sampling team must conduct
the testing at one of the
lakes below between June 1st
and June 30th, 2017. Each team participating in testing
must have at least one team member in pass status for the online plant
ID test (must be taken each year). Contact Ashley O’Neal (Ashley.ONeal@dep.state.fl.us)
to take the plant ID test.
Carr Lake, Leon County, p. 34, D2 of Florida Atlas
& Gazetteer (2010), access via
Carr Lake Boat Ramp (small
boat recommended; boat ramp is called “Cedar Hill Landing”)
Carr Lake LVI sampling map
Wildcat Lake, Lake County, p. 73, C2 of Gazetteer,
Wildcat Lake Boat Ramp
Wildcat Lake LVI sampling map
Little Red Water Lake, Highlands County p. 94, D1
of Gazetteer, access via
Little Red Water Lake Boat Ramp (small
Little Red Water Lake LVI sampling map
To determine proficiency, a sampling team
must conduct the LVI per SOP LVI 1000, calculate the final LVI score per
LVI 2200, and submit results by July 15, 2017, to Ashley O’Neal at
Blair Stone Rd., MS 6511, Tallahassee, FL 32399.
Submit the following information:
name of organization, name of samplers performing the exercise, sampling
date, final LVI score (calculated per LVI 2200), and taxa lists for each
sampling section. The consensus score for each lake will be determined
as the median score from all teams in pass status from the testing in
2015. All teams that score within +/- 12 points of the median score will
be in pass status for 2017.
The Rapid Periphyton Survey (RPS) quantifies the thickness and
abundance of attached algae in stream and river reaches. Follow
DEP SOP FS 7230 (effective 7/30/14, dated 3/1/14) to conduct the RPS.
The Linear Vegetation Survey (LVS) characterizes the vascular plant
community within the wetted channel of stream and river reaches.
Follow DEP SOP FS 7320 (effective 7/30/14, dated 3/1/14) to conduct the LVS.
For more information please email
Wellendorf, or call