Adopt-A-Stream's manuals dive deeper into the science behind different monitoring types and provide more information about the "how's" and "why's" of monitoring. They are great supplementary resources for volunteers, and anyone interested in learning more about Georgia's aquatic ecology.
The Getting to Know Your Watershed Manual describes Georgia's watershed ecology, land use and water quality, and provides information on conducting a watershed survey and map assessment.
The Visual Stream Survey Manual provides background information on the visual components of river and stream health, including the importance of physical parameters such as flow and sediment size.
The Macroinvertebrate and Chemical Stream Monitoring Manual provides supplemental information on chemical parameters, state standards, as well as macroinvertebrate life history and its relation to water quality.
The Bacterial Monitoring Manual describes bacteria, E. coli, and why E.coli monitoring is important for water quality and human health.
The Amphibian Monitoring Manual provides an introduction to amphibians, amphibian life history, as well as a guide to Georgia salamander and frog identification.
The Wetland Monitoring Manual describes the different types of wetland habitat, as well as instructions for conducting visual soil, vegetation and hydrological surveys.
The Coastal Adopt-A-Wetland Manual provides background information for monitoring with Adopt-A-Stream's coastal program, Adopt-A-Wetland. Find more information on the Adopt-A-Wetland website.
Manuals in Spanish
The Introducción a Cuencas Hidrológicas is the Getting to Know Your Watershed Manual, translated to Spanish.
The Muestreo Visual de Arroyos is the Visual Stream Survey Manual, translated to Spanish.
The Manual de Monitoreo Biológico y Químico en Arroyos is the Chemical and Biological Monitoring Manual, translated to Spanish.