Watershed plans provide stakeholders and agency staff with data and information in one central location to enhance their ability to manage water resources within the watershed. Chemical (water and sediment), biological (fish and macroinvertebrate communities), and physical (habitat) assessments are a key component of those data needed to improve water resources management. In addition, measuring the success of watershed restoration and protection efforts relies upon a long-term watershed monitoring.
Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff have and will continue to lead efforts to assess and monitor the chemical, biological, and physical attributes of Pennsylvania’s water resources. To date, our staff have assessed the water quality, sediment quality, fish communities, macroinvertebrate communities, and stream habitat of the Presque Isle Bay watershed; and the stream habitat and fish communities in the Pennsylvania Lake Erie watershed.