Cal-U will conduct a biological and water quality survey of 22 tributaries to Deep Creek Lake. The area of interest encompasses all perennial streams that feed Deep Creek Lake. At each stream, stations will be delineated and georeferenced above each confluence with Deep Creek Lake where the stream channel is well-defined.
If an impairment is identified within the basin, we will add additional sampling stations that may affect water quality. A water sample will be collected at each site, fish community composition will be determined by electrofishing, and the macroinvertebrate community will be sampled by kick or sweep netting. An in-stream habitat evaluation score will be determined at each sampling site.
A project summary will be prepared based on analyses described above that can serve as a baseline for future biomonitoring and bioassessment.