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Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP)

 

This assessment protocol provides a basic level of stream health evaluation based primarily on physical conditions within the assessment area.  The protocol is intended to be a simple, comprehensive assessment of stream condition that maximizes ease of use.  The protocol is the first level in hierarchy of stream assessments.  It can be used to identify additional need for more accurate in-depth assessments.  This protocol takes a visual look at all aspects of stream condition (chemical, physical, and biological).  The assessment is designed to be conducted with the landowner.  These assessments can be used to prioritize the needs for technical and financial assistance within a watershed.


North Dakota Program Contact

Keith Weston
Water Quality Specialist
Phone: 701-530-2092
Email: keith.weston@nd.usda.gov