Three Oaks Engineering

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Sampling

The species richness and overall biomass, as well as the presence of various groups intolerant of water quality degradation, can illustrate the relative water quality of a particular water body and be used to monitor for changes overtime.  

Three Oaks Engineering uses the appropriate state and federal protocols to determine a bioclassification rating for water bodies, based on the taxa richness of the stream and a qualitative sampling for intolerant forms such as mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera) and caddisflies (Trichoptera).  

We are experienced with these protocols and maintain an array of benthic macroinvertebrate sampling equipment.  We have the state and federal certifications to conduct benthic macroinvertebrate studies as part of stream monitoring programs and for determination of stream restoration success.

Another useful water quality biomonitoring tool is the sampling of benthic macroinvertebrates, or benthos.