Training for conducting a habitat assessment will take place Sunday, January 22nd with a Snow Date set for early February at the Byram Municipal Building (10 Mansfield Drive, Stanhope, NJ 07874).

We will be meeting in the meeting/conference room (there is only one) at 10:00 am.

With the oncoming snow, the workshop will remain indoors, but if weather permits, we will be going outside to conduct a habitat assessment after the training class.  Please bring your own lunch!  We will be eating for about 25 minutes together at 12:00 pm before heading out to conduct the habitat assessment (if able).  If you are able to come, please bring waders, hip boots, or knee length waterproof boots.  Snow boots will not work!  If you don't have boots, you can view how to conduct the assessment from the bank of the stream.

Please be sure to dress warmly!  Recommended attire includes many thin, warm layers, a long-sleeved top, sweater or hoodie, pants, insulated boots, winter socks, a warm coat or parka, a hat and gloves or mittens.

Please invite your friends and volunteers that you know who would be interested in learning how to conduct a habitat assessment!  Donuts and coffee will be provided!




Agenda for the day:

1st section (~1 hour)

  • Overview of AmeriCorps and NJ Watershed Ambassador Program
  • Primer on Volunteer Monitoring Program
  • Defining a watershed and sources of pollution
  • Discussion on watershed protection and steps communities and individuals can take
  • Introduction to assessment types
  • Information about shadowing an Ambassador conducting assessments

2nd section (~1 hour)

  • What is a visual/habitat assessment?
  • Using student visual PowerPoint slides to introduce concept of stream order and lead stream order activity
  • General review, monitoring and land use assessment sheets
  • Test knowledge using the visual/habitat assessment test
  • Discussion on monitoring frequency
  • Discussion on selection of sampling site on private property
  • Discussion on safety and liability
  • Importance of decon and preventing the spread of Didymo

Lunch (brought from home) for ~25 minutes.  We will carpool to the site, which is 6 minutes away at the Musconetcong River at Drain Way in Mount Olive Township.

3rd section (~1 hour)

  • Performing a visual/habitat assessment
  • Discussion on how to calculate a visual/habitat score
  • Complete evaluation sheets
Board Member Login:

  • Musconetcong Watershed Association
  • 10 Maple Ave. PO Box 113
  • Asbury, NJ 08802
  • 908-537-7060