As part of its commitment to serve local communities, the Bioma Project conducted its first stream survey of the season last weekend. These events involve students sampling both abiotic and biotic factors in a creek in order to assess the health of the watershed. The organization has been holding these programs ever since its creation in 2014 and has sampled over 20 creeks across Maryland within that time.
Above: A student displays a sample of crayfish collected at a creek over the course of the day.
The critters were stored in a tank until the end of the day before being counted and released.
In the past, the Bioma Project has sent its stream survey data to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which assesses the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and uses this data input to make an administrative decision. As the weather continues to improve, the organization hopes to continue its stream sampling events with the goal of improving local streams and communities.